Buddhist followers gathered together around Phuc Khanh pagoda to celebrate the start of the Lunar New Year. The pavement on Tay Son street was filled with crowds of people. Security forces were on hand to untangle any traffic jams occurring on roads around the pagoda. Security forces make every effort to maintain road safety and ensure the flow of traffic Young volunteers request visitors to the pagoda don’t leave litter. With many people trying to enter the pagoda but unable to do so, large crowds were forced to sit on the pavement on Tay Son street. Seats at the ceremony were not free, with each seat costing VND10,000. Despite the prepared seats, some people were unable to hire a seat and had to be content with the floor. People clasp their hands together in prayer, hoping for peace and luck in the Lunar New Year. Buddhist followers gathered together around Phuc Khanh pagoda to celebrate the start of the Lunar New Year. The pavement on Tay Son street was filled with crowds of people. Security forces were on hand to untangle any traffic jams occurring on roads around the pagoda. Security forces make every effort to maintain road safety and ensure the flow of traffic Young volunteers request visitors to the pagoda don’t leave litter. With many people trying to enter the pagoda but unable to do so, large crowds were forced to sit on the pavement on Tay Son street. Seats at the ceremony were not free, with each… [Read full story]
Each year the festival takes place on the 13th day of the first lunar month. The aim of the procession is for villagers to commemorate the Tam Lang Kingdom which existed during the 6th Hung Due Vuong period and struggled to bring peace to the nation. The villagers worship him as a deity of the village. Whenever an enemy threatened the area, the villagers would prepare a feast of steamed sticky rice and pork to offer to the general and his troops before their battles and following their victories. The festival takes place between 6pm and midnight during the thirteenth day of the first lunar month. Large carcasses of pigs are paraded along the village path leading to the communal house as an offering. Both adults and children are keen to partake in the festival. Vibrant dance performances entertain crowds during the festival. A large number of local people and visitors gather together at the event, those present pray for a year ahead of health and luck for themselves and their relatives. At 9pm the pigs of each of the 17 communes are picked by the villagers as an offering. The pig offerings were raised with extra special care this year. The biggest pig weighed up to 270kg. Following the ritual ceremony held by the elders, the pigs are returned to their communes and divided among local households. Each year the festival takes place on the 13th day of the first lunar month. The aim of the procession is for… [Read full story]
The week-long events include a string of activities including a photo exhibition on Truc Lam Zen Buddhism, a display of UNESCO-recognised woodblocks from Vinh Nghiem Pagoda, a rural market, and the inauguration of Thuong pagoda. According to Nguyen Van Linh, Chairman of Bac Giang provincial People’s Committee, the province targets to attract more than VND40 trillion in investment to foster local tourism development. The provincial authorities have provided the most favourable conditions for investors in the locality, he reaffirmed, adding that a range of measures have been taken to increase connectivity in tourism, diversify tourist products and enhance human resource training for those working in the sector. Also this morning, locals and visitors flocked to Pa Uon bridge in Quynh Nhai district, Son La province, to attend the opening ceremony of the traditional boat racing festival. The race attracted more than 400 athletes from 10 communes in the district, as well as teams from the neighbouring provinces of Dien Bien and Lai Chau, and Huaphanh district, Laos. It is held under the framework of the ongoing Quynh Nhai district’s culture, sports and tourism week 2019, which features assorted cultural and sporting events, various folk games, and arts performances.
Valentine gifts flood HCMC market By Thanh Hoa Heart-shape flower pots costing VND150,000 each are sold along Nguyen Van Cu Street – PHOTOS: THANH HOA HCMC – Supermarkets, commercial centers, shops, and street vendors in HCMC are offering couples a wide variety of gifts on Valentine’s Day, from traditional gifts such as rose, chocolate and Valentine cards to trendy gifts like jewelry, cosmetics, perfume and shower gel. Souvenir shops along Nguyen Trai and Nguyen Van Cu streets have been decorated in Valentine theme, and have launched numerous promotions for people in love to have meaningful gifts at reasonable prices for their loved one. Golden roses priced at VND1.9 million each Chocolate is the most popular gift on Valentine’s Day Gift boxes containing roses and stuffed bears Cosmetics shops are offering many Valentine promotions
Tien Pagoda Festival going on in Hoa Binh Province The Saigon Times Daily Tien Pagoda in Hoa Binh Province – PHOTO: VNA HCMC – Tien Pagoda Festival has been taking place in Lac Thuy District in the northern province of Hoa Binh, attracting thousands of visitors, especially Buddhists coming to pray for peace, health and happiness. Recognized as a national tourism site in 2011, Tien Pagoda is a venue for eco-tourism as well as spiritual and cultural events. Tien Pagoda Festival is an annual event held in Hoa Binh Province on the occasion of the Lunar New Year holiday (Tet). Located about 80 kilometers from Hanoi and 9 kilometers from Lac Thuy District’s center, Tien Pagoda is surrounded by marvelous mountains and caves. It is part of a complex called Dam Da, which also comprises Trinh Temple (also known as Quan Trinh) and Mau Temple, according to the Vietnam News Agency. Luu Huy Linh, vice head of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said Tien Pagoda Festival is a major cultural and tourism event of the province’s tourism development plan in the 2020-2030 period that will receive more investment for upgrade and service quality improvement. The festival will last until March 8. Some other spiritual and cultural festivals taking place in northern provinces in spring include Phat Tich Pagoda Festival in Bac Ninh Province, Huong Pagoda Festival in Hanoi, Ba Vang Pagoda Festival in Quang Ninh Province, Bai Dinh Pagoda Festival in Ninh Binh Province, and Khen Hoa… [Read full story]
Some of the items include: Salt Buying a small bag of salt is highly recommended during the first days of the Lunar New Year. This is based on the belief that it will bring one’s family luck and prosperity. Fire Fire is widely considered lucky to Vietnamese people in the Lunar New Year. Many people purchase boxes of matches and lighters in a hope that they will bring them good luck throughout the year. A blessing from a Confucian scholar Asking for a blessing from calligraphers on the first days of the Lunar New Year is a popular tradition in Vietnam. The custom of asking for such words is a cultural practice surrounding people’s beliefs and their aspirations to do good. Gold Traditionally, Vietnamese people buy gold to bring good luck and prosperity throughout the year. Grilled snakehead In Ho Chi Minh City, grilled snakeheads are a must when worshipping the Gods of Wealth. This is usually done if you’re hope for a prosperity in the new year. Roasted pigs and ducks Roasted pigs and ducks are also among the must-have dishes on the first days of the year. Lottery tickets Some people choose to try their luck on the lottery. Some of the items include: Salt Buying a small bag of salt is highly recommended during the first days of the Lunar New Year. This is based on the belief that it will bring one’s family luck and prosperity. Fire Fire is widely considered lucky to Vietnamese people in… [Read full story]
The event took place on February 4 at Santi Maitri Building, Government House, where eight performances were staged to show the cultural diversity of ASEAN. The theme of the Thai ASEAN Chairmanship is “Advancing Partnership for Sustainability.” The Prime Minister stressed the need for ASEAN members to work in unison toward strategic partnerships, based on 3Ms (mutual trust, mutual respect, and mutual benefit). He said that ASEAN must also move toward the “4.0” era to keep pace with global changes amidst great competition and challenges, as well as promoting the global sustainable development agenda. This will help build up the ASEAN Community with the people as the center and without leaving anyone behind. He said that cultural proximity brings all ASEAN members closer together. Despite some differences, they share many similarities and have lived together with good understanding for many years. The Prime Minister was pleased with the initiatives of the Ministry of Culture to launch the ASEAN Cultural Year. He believed that ASEAN cultural diversity combined with ASEAN identities would help strengthen the ASEAN Community. During the ASEAN Cultural Year, many cultural activities will be organized throughout 2019 both in Thailand and abroad to preserve ASEAN cultural diversity and develop ASEAN cultural heritage as a creative industry. The Prime Minister also encouraged the people of Thailand and other ASEAN countries to join hands in making ASEAN culture better-known on the global stage. The announcement of the ASEAN Cultural Year is an effort to achieve the theme of “Advancing Partnership… [Read full story]
The event, held jointly by the Overseas Vietnamese Association in France, the Vietnamese Cultural Centre and ten organisations in France, was attended by Vietnamese Ambassador to France Nguyen Thiep as well as Ambassadors from Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar, alongside the OVs in the host country. Visitors at the festival had a chance to join an ancient Tet market, enjoy art performances and delicious traditional food, and participate in folk games. The event offered an opportunity for Vietnamese people in France to gather and share their joint love towards their homeland and introduce the unique cultural identities of Vietnam to French and international friends. The event was also part of the activities to mark the 100th anniversary of the OVs movement in France (1919). Following the patriotic movement, of which President Ho Chi Minh laid the foundations, the OVs community in France has always contributed to their homeland’s independence and development over the past 100 years. Generations of the OVs in France have also joined hands to build a prosperous and developed community to integrate into the host country’s society. Vietnamese children in France are performing songs about Tet.
The road leading to Phu Tay Ho was packed with hordes of visitors making a visit to the shrine. Visitors wait patiently for their turn to enter the shrine Some pilgrims were forced to put their offerings above their head to avoid damaging them A single tray featuring items as an offering is priced at VND50,000 The legendary figure of Lieu Hanh is worshipped at Phu Tay Ho. Pavilions featuring calligraphy have been erected on the entrance to Phu Tay Ho. Staff clean up rubbish throughout the area The road leading to Phu Tay Ho was packed with hordes of visitors making a visit to the shrine. Visitors wait patiently for their turn to enter the shrine Some pilgrims were forced to put their offerings above their head to avoid damaging them A single tray featuring items as an offering is priced at VND50,000 The legendary figure of Lieu Hanh is worshipped at Phu Tay Ho. Pavilions featuring calligraphy have been erected on the entrance to Phu Tay Ho. Staff clean up rubbish throughout the area
At the event funded by Orhan Holding and co-sponsored by the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP), Vinh alone brought home five prizes, including the FIAP’s Best Author and the Orhan Holding special awards in the experimental category. Three other photos taken by him were also awarded in the monochrome category. A traditional family in photography Dang Quang Vinh, born in 1968 in Bac Lieu, was presented the Excellence FIAP honourable title by FIAP and the special photographer title of Vietnam. He also won remarkable achievements such as Medal for Vietnam 2015 literary and artistic career, FIP Gold (India), PCA Gold (contest by the three countries of Serbia, Romania and Macedonia), GAP Gold (Greece), RPS Silver (the UK), FIAP Silver (Malaysia), PSA Gold (USA) and Golds at SIHIPC, ICPC and PHOTOVIVO (Singapore). In the two generations in his family, up to six members are well-known Vietnamese photographers and four of them have been granted the honourable title Artist FIAP (AFIAP). Since his teenage years, Vinh was introduced to photography by his father, so at the age of 15, he was already quite skilled. Vinh’s father gave him a photo art book from the 1970s. It is his favourite photography book that he still preserves. However, in terms of career orientation, the photographer affirmed that, in his family, no one orients anyone and the children grow up and follow their predecessors in photo profession. They discovered the career by themselves, then went to every corner to capture the most beautiful and… [Read full story]