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cityinsight / Culture Stories (Page 2)
27 Jan

Gau Tao Festival scheduled to begin

If you have chance to travel on tour to the uplands and Northern mountainous provinces right in Spring, you will surely be fascinated when seeing the blooming peach trees and plum as well as exploring the ethnic Mong’s unique traditions and customs, including the Gau Tao Festival. According to the Mong ethnic people, Gau Tao Festival is the most typical one out of many community activities happening on 12 days of Tet holidays. It is also one of two important events in a year for local people to pray for good...

16 Jan

Traditional music to perform in the big stage

Those who are lovers of “Hat Xam” (blind buskers’ singing) will be offered chance to enjoy a spectacular art performance of the traditional music genre at the Hanoi Opera House on January 20. Aiming to reaffirm the art’s emblematic value to Vietnamese traditional folk music, the cultural event is hosted by the Centre for Research in cooperation with the Preservation and Promotion of Vietnamese Traditional Culture along with the Centre for Research, Preservation and Promotion of Vietnamese Traditional Music.   A Xam Performance “The art is very popular in many northern localities and...

30 Dec

Tet Festival – a cultural feature of Vietnam

When the spring colors cheerfully cover all roads and streets, everything grows and trees from buds, everyone temporarily puts aside all the intricate affairs, worry and anxiety, to prepare for those things necessary for our national traditional Tet. In the good weather of spring, human hearts are joyful, and nothing is more meaningful when all the family together join the festivities, and pilgrimage to the origin, and take part in significant folk games, with best wishes for good health and peace to the family in the new year. The richness of...

22 Nov

Vi-Giam proposed as UNESCO intangible heritage

At the UN body’s upcoming session, the Nghe Tinh folk singing of Vi Giam has been proposed together with 45 other nominations for UNESCO’s recognition as the world intangible cultural heritages of humanity.   According to Nhan Dan Newspaper’s report at an UNESCO press conference in Paris on November 18th, the UNESCO’s Inter-governmental Committee for the Safeguarding During its 9th session on November 24-28, the UNESCO’s Inter-governmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage will examine eight others seeking the status as the cultural heritage in need of urgent safeguarding.   The...

11 Nov

Vietnamese traditional water puppetry

Derived from the Red River Delta in the North of Vietnam, water puppetry is a kind of folk arts which dated back in the 11th century. In the past, these impromptu performances of water puppet required the outdoor stages, which were the communal ponds inside many towns and villages in Vietnam. Presently, water puppetry is simply performed in a pool of water, in which the water surface is the main stage.   Water surface is the main stage for water puppet performance Traditionally, Vietnamese puppets are made of wood and then lacquered to...

17 Oct

So delicious, Banh Khuc!

Banh Khuc (also called Xoi Khuc), a traditional cake of Northern Vietnam, is a rice ball made of glutinous rice mixed with the most important ingredient of cudweed (rau khuc) and filled with green bean paste, pork, and spices. Cudweed is one kind of vegetables which can be easily found along the edges of rice fields during the 1st and 2nd lunar month as it adapts to the all-day drizzling rain. There are two kinds of cudweed, “nep” and “te”, the latter of which is more flexible and fragrant. “Te” is therefore...

10 Sep

Hanoi: Cycling to the culture at Dong Ngac ancient village

For those who wish to have interesting experience and a new relaxing hobby, spending one day cycling to the oldest village of Hanoi, the Dong Ngac Village – is an ideal option, especially at weekends. Located about 10km far from the Hanoi downtown, Dong Ngac Village will bring you a peaceful and quiet atmosphere, which is different from the hustle and bustle of Hanoi capital. For tourists in general and foreign ones in particular, they have been attracted by a number of famous scholars in Dong Ngac, along with its intact...

13 Aug

The Autumn’s special nosh in Vong Village

Have you ever heard of the special nosh from Autumn in Vong Village (Lang Vong - a village of Hanoi capital)? Of course, it is Lang Vong’s green sticky rice (Cốm), one of the most delicious specialties in Hanoi. Its fragrance of green rice and lotus leaves and sweetness of young rice may lure every people during their stay in Hanoi.   Green sticky rice in Vong Village (Cốm Làng Vòng)   Lang Vong is famous for the autumn’s gift of green sticky rice. Also, talking about the beautiful autumn in Hanoi cannot miss...

6 Jun

Vietnamese Grilled Minced Fish (Cha ca La Vong)

People say that in ancient days, there was a street selling paints, called the Paints Street, where the house No. 14 of Doan family was located. Used to be popular for selling fried fish pie served with soft noodles and seasoning, the store had received lots of encouragement and appreciation of customers. Therefore, the family made up their minds to specialize in this trade. The store started its name as “Cha Ca La Vong store” since a wooden statue of an old fisherman (La Vong) holding a fishing rod and...