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Ethnology museum hosts Mid-Autumn celebration

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 3:57 am

Ethnology museum hosts Mid-Autumn celebration

QĐND – Friday, September 17, 2010, 20:40 (GMT+7)

The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi will host its annual celebration of the Mid-Autumn festival through next Monday, with a theme this year of Vietnam – China Colours.

This year’s programme will include traditional games of both countries, as well as toys such as lanterns, kites and Chinese masks, and performances of lion and dragon dances and water puppetry, making this a great opportunity for children to explore the similarities and differences in the Vietnamese and Chinese cultures, according to the museum.

Visitors to the museum during the celebration will have the opportunity to compete and win prizes in Chinese games, dress in traditional costumes, and hear story tellers share legends of the Mid-Autumn Festival.

The museum will also screen films about the cultures of Vietnam and China and – new to the venue this year – will host a performances of boi singing, a traditional music of southern Vietnam.

Visitors will also be able to experience the brewing and drinking of Pu’er tea from China’s Yunnan Province, as well as participate in traditional cake-making classes. Representatives of the Naxi culture of southern China will also talk to visitors about the ancient hieroglyphs of the culture and the Mid-Autumn Festival of their homeland.

People who purchase tickets in advance for Monday will enjoy a compelling programme including a lion dance, animal circus, Chinese opera, lantern parade, and sampling of Vietnamese and Chinese mooncakes.

The celebration is being held with the co-operation of the Ethnic Museum of Yunnan, the Yunnan Opera Institute, and the Chinese Embassy in Vietnam . Tickets are available at the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology for 25,000 VND for adults, 3,000 VND for children, and 5,000 VND for students.

For this year’s celebration, the museum will make an extra effort to serve disadvantaged children, and will present 100 gifts to kids from craft villages and vocational training centres.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

A thousand years of Vietnamese culture to shine in Grand Celebration

In Uncategorized on August 5, 2010 at 11:20 am

An art party in honor of the 1,000th anniversary of Hanoi will be not only for artists, but will also attract all sorts of people from districts throughout the capital.

One of the must-see places when you visit Hanoi is the Temple of Literature called Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam. It is a farmous historical and cultural site in the capital.

The Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism of Hanoi and the Vietnam Dancer’s Association have organized more than 30 dances over the past three years. They hope that these dances of simple movements will attract all of people to participate in street festivals during the event.

According to Dr. Luu Tran Tieu, President of the Vietnam Cultural Heritage Association, Giong Saint Festival has been submitted to UNESCO for recognition as a world cultural heritage site; Thang Long Imperial Citadel received the honor last week. 

Director of the city’s Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism, Pham Quang Long, said that the department is preparing art programs for the 10-day Great Celebration.

A live television show titled, Dem huyen ao Ho Guom (The fanciful night of Sword Lake), organized in Hanoi and nine other cities and provinces throughout the country, as well 16 foreign cities where many Vietnamese reside, will be broadcast on Vietnam TV on the evening of October 10.

At 6 AM on October 10, all bells and drums in pagodas, churches and schools will sound the beginning of the great day. There will be a solemn ceremony, a national parade and a cultural festival at My Dinh National Stadium that day.

The Grand Celebration of the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long – Hanoi will set a record for the greatest number of artists to join any single event in Vietnamese history.

To date, 30 foreign art troupes from Italy, France, the US, Spain, Hungary, Germany, Denmark, Singapore, the UK, Korea, China, Rumania, Russia and more have registered to take part in various activities such as fine arts performances, food fairs, exhibitions, trade promotion activities and others.

Apart from local people, many foreign individuals and organizations have provided material and spiritual support for the Grand Celebration.

Related article:

Capital hurriedly prepares for its millennium anniversary

Source: SGGP

Cancer children enjoy Nelson Mandela’s birthday celebration

In Uncategorized on July 21, 2010 at 3:20 pm

To mark the birthday of former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela, the Embassy of the Republic of South Africa decided to celebrate the occasion by doing charity work and raising donations to help children suffering from cancer at the National Cancer Hospital K2, in Hanoi on July 19.

Youth cancer patients receive gifts from the Embassy at National Cancer Hospital K2 in Hanoi (Photo: Courtesy of the Embassy)

Joining hands with the South African Embassy in Hanoi to celebrate Nelson Mandela Day, the National Cancer Hospital, the Brazilian and Indian Embassies, An Ninh Thu Do Newspaper, the Vietnam Circus Federation, AAA Insurance, Haki and the Abbott Milk Company donated 60 packages of gifts, including milk, toys, candy and comic books worth more than VND60 million, to cancer-suffering kids in the hospital.

In addition, young patients also very much enjoyed a program performed by the artists from the Vietnam Circus Federation.

Nelson Mandela’s birthday was endorsed as an internationally recognized day by the United Nations in 2009 in honor of Mandela’s dedication in to humanity in conflict resolution, race relations, promotion and protection of human rights, reconciliation, gender equality and the rights of children and other vulnerable groups. Mandela Day is a call to action for people everywhere to take responsibility for making the world a better place, one small step at a time.

Source: SGGP

Khmer gathering for festival celebration

In Uncategorized on April 8, 2010 at 4:03 pm

Khmer gathering for festival celebration

QĐND – Thursday, April 08, 2010, 21:21 (GMT+7)

A meeting was held on April 8 for nearly 200 Khmers representing the families of war invalids and revolutionary martyrs, heroic mothers, workers, pensioners, and monks in the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang.

The meeting to celebrate the Chol Chnam Thmey festival was attended by various senior officials from the Party Central Committee, the National Ethnic Committee, and local state and party agencies.

Since 2009, the province has provided capital to assist almost 26,000 Khmer households, and new houses for more than 6,600 households, said Lam Ren, Head of the provincial Ethnic Committee.

More than 5,000 households have received land to build houses and loans to do farming and animal husbandry. As a result, the rate of poor Khmer households has dropped from 34 percent in 2006 to below 18 percent in 2010, with more than 80 percent of the households having access to electricity, and 87 percent to clean water.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

City to clean up streets for celebration of anniversary

In Uncategorized on April 4, 2010 at 7:19 pm

City to clean up streets for celebration of anniversary

QĐND – Sunday, April 04, 2010, 22:52 (GMT+7)

The city government passed a VND50 billion (US$2.8 million) project to repaint offices and residential houses on 75 main streets in order to clean up the city before its 1,000th anniversary in October.

According to the project, 29 district People’s Committees in the city and one housing company will carry out the repainting project. Each committee will receive VND450 million ($25,000) in funds to repair government office buildings. They will also receive VND100 million ($5,600) in funds for advertisements and will conduct an awareness campaign about the city’s beauty. The project will begin in April and is slated to finish in June.

Besides repainting doors and walls of houses and offices, the Department of Construction is asking district authorities to remove, replace and repair dilapidated balconies, roofs and advertising banners. Funds from the city’s budget will be used to repair local government offices. For residential houses, the local government will need to persuade people to repaint their own houses.

“To make the city architecture consistent and match the surrounding environment, buildings and houses need to be painted in certain colours,” said Nguyen Quoc Tuan, deputy head of the construction department.

Nguyen Quoc Hoa, deputy head of Hoan Kiem People’s Committee, one of the main districts of the city that has 13 streets on the list to be repainted, said the most difficult thing was to persuade people to spend their own money to repaint their homes.

The total budget that we need to repair all the government offices in the district is VND30 billion, so it is very difficult to manage this project with the city’s funding,” Hoa added.

Deputy head of Hai Ba Trung People’s Committee, another district in the city, Lam Anh Tuan said, “It is challenging to persuade people to use colours that have been suggested for housing like light yellow or light blue. Some people wanted to use red or dark colours for their houses. With residents who do not have expendable funds, we try to support them financially.”

“Another difficult situation is houses that are in ownership dispute. We can’t decide who has to pay for the repainting fee,” Tuan added.

Many citizens are, however, wondering if repainting houses will actually help make the city look nicer, when there is no overall design for the houses.


Only the front wall and door of our houses are to be repainted, but not the inside so I think it could make the city even more messy,” said Le Van Vinh, a resident on Trang Tien Street in Hoan Kiem District.

Tuan, from the construction department, said there would be a group of officials to check how the project is being carried out in the districts.

“The funding from the city is not large, but the local government should call for more funding from enterprises or individuals in their districts. It is also responsible to ensure that district authorities make people aware of the need to paint their own houses in order to make the city look better,” Tuan said.

Meanwhile, in many streets of the city, pavements are under construction. Hai Ba Trung People’s Committee deputy head Tuan said that the city was putting the electric and telephone wires underground so many pavements would have to be dug up.

“The construction companies are usually required to make the pavement as clean as it was before construction started, but many of them did not do that and left the pavement unclean and messy,” said Tuan.

Thach Nhu Sy, chief of the inspection office of the transport department, said that in the first three months of 2010 his office has checked and fined several construction companies for their irresponsibility while working on pavements.

Source: VNN

Source: QDND