Tet customs in Vietnam

(VOVworld) – Tet, the first festival in a lunar year, is of great importance to the Vietnamese and people in some other Asian countries. Generally, the first day of Tet is for family reunions and worshipping ancestors but people in different places have different ways of celebrating Tet. As Vietnam was an agriculture-based nation Tet was regarded as the biggest festival of the year and an occasion to worship ancestors and thank heaven and earth for bumper crops. On the first day of Tet, family members gather for a meal together, tell each other their happenings during the last year, and wish one another a new year of happiness, prosperity, good luck, and favorable business. Therefore, preparations of offerings to ancestors and meals during Tet are very important, according to folklorist Huynh Ngoc Trang: "According to Vietnam’s traditions Tet was an agricultural rite, signaling the end of a crop. The Vietnamese consider rice pearls of heaven. Sticky rice is perhaps the … [Read more...]

President Truong Tan Sang’s new year greetings

(VOVworld) - President Truong Tan Sang’s new year greetings Dear fellow countrymen! On the occasion of the new lunar year, I would like to convey my best wishes to all over people and soldiers and overseas Vietnamese and express Vietnam’s solidarity with people around the world. In this sacred moment, we pay homage to our predecessors for their contributions to nation building and to President Ho Chi Minh and all the soldiers who died for national independence, freedom, reunification, and territorial integrity. We are reviewing last year’s events and wishing for the best in the new year. Last year Vietnam held a number of major celebrations, obtained important socio-economic achievements, protected its independence and territorial sovereignty, maintained a peaceful, stable environment, and accelerated international integration, embracing a new phase of development with bright prospects. We are living in a time of globalization and international integration … [Read more...]

Firework performances welcome the Year of the Monkey

As the clock strikes twelve, the moment the Year of the Monkey begins, fireworks light up the sky across the nation amidst the joy of millions of people who spend the night out to welcome the lunar New Year. In Ha Noi alone, fireworks sparkle in 31 locations whereas in Ho Chi Minh City, there are four firework-performing locations. Many localities in the country also presented fireworks to celebrate the new year. Follows are photo essays by Viet Nam News and Vietnam News Agency photographers. Ha Noi streets are filled with flowers, lights and flags. A singing and dancing performance in front of the Ha Noi Opera House attracts thousands of people. The event takes place before the firework presentation. A little girl sits on her father's shoulders to get a perfect a view of firework performance. Foreign tourists take a snapshot of the New Year Eve atmosphere. The Hoan Kiem Lake side is decorated with various types of flowers including the traditional peach blossoms which bring … [Read more...]

Ambassadors in Vietnam – Conclusion: ‘Allah’s House’ in Hanoi

Al Noor, the only mosque in northern Vietnam, has been the rendezvous point for Muslims of different nationalities, particularly ambassadors to Vietnam, for over a century now. Al Noor, secluded on Hang Luoc Street in Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, was built in 1890 by Indian Muslims who originally went to Vietnam to do business. Quite small at only 700m², Al Noor adopts the signature Islamic style of mosques that can be seen all over the world. The mosque’s is painted entirely in white and features a plain and airy design, with large, lofty arched doors in the main praying hall. Adopting a western direction to face the Muslim holy city of Mecca, the edifice has undergone several historical upheavals, including war. The mansion, however, has retained most of its architectural features. This is where expat Muslims of different nationalities and Islam-practicing ambassadors to Vietnam go for weekly prayers. Mosque of illumination Doan Hong Cuong, deputy head of … [Read more...]

Binh Dinh police crack down on drunk drivers during Tet

Binh Dinh police test alcohol levels in a driver's blood on a section of Highway No.1 running through Binh Dinh's Phu Cat District. — Photo news.zing.vn HA NOI (VNS) — Nearly 600 fines, costing violators up to VND2 billion (US$88,900), were handed out in southern Binh Dinh province to crack down on drunk drivers and motorists prior to the Tet (Lunar New Year). The violations were reported nearly three weeks after checkpoints on Highway No.1 and No.19 were set up. Among those using breathalyzer tests, 140 drivers of cars and trucks were fined for having blood alcohol concentrations exceeding permitted levels, said Major Ngo Duc Hoai, deputy head of the provincial traffic police department. Hoai added that the police also discovered many vehicles travelling at high speeds and ordered their drivers to stop for alcohol tests. Many drivers were reluctant to follow police orders and some did not accept the punishment, claiming that they drank only a few bottles of … [Read more...]

Ancestor worship, a fine tradition of Vietnam for generations

Ancestor worship, an ancient Vietnamese tradition, is a ritual practice paying tribute to deceased family members and reminding people of their roots. Ancestor worship reflects the influence of patriarchy and Confucianism on Vietnamese culture. Since Confucianism was introduced to Vietnam early, during the Chinese domination, filial piety, the most fundamental of Confucian values, has been very much appreciated in Vietnamese families. Accordingly, children are obliged to respect their parents in life and to remember them after they die. The practice of ancestor worship is thus an expression of "filial piety" toward deceased parents, relatives and ancestors. (Photo for illustration) People even had to worship five generations of ancestors in accordance with the Hong Duc legal code, which was adopted by the Le Dynasty during the 15th century. Most Vietnamese families today have an ancestral altar placed in a prominent place of the house. It is set with ancestral tablets and … [Read more...]

Hanoi’s new Party leader pays Tet visits to local workers

The new Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee, Hoang Trung Hai, has asked the environmental sanitation, health and electricity sectors to do their best to help the city’s dwellers enjoy a warm and safe Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday. Hai visited the Ba Dinh Urban Environment Company, the Hanoi Urban Development One Member Limited Company, the 115 Emergency Centre, and the Hanoi Electricity Corporation on February 7 on the occasion of the upcoming Tet. The new Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee, Hoang Trung Hai These companies have their employees working round-the-clock during Tet to clean up streets, handle power incidents, and give first aid for accident victims. He asked the workers to improve their working styles to make the capital city a leader in the environmental sanitation, health care and electricity supply. Representatives from these units informed the municipal Party chief that they have had good preparations in both human resources and equipment to timely … [Read more...]

Central Highlands Steering Committee’s delegation visits PAN

PANO – A working delegation, led by Deputy Head of the Central Highlands Steering Committee Tran Viet Hung on February 6th visited the People’s Army Newspaper's (PAN) representative office in Dak Lak province and extended New Year wishes to all of its leaders and reporters. During the visit, the head delegate encouraged PAN’s reporters to fulfil their mission during the lunar New Year festival and briefed them on the information about the situation in Central Highland region in early 2016. The official hoped that PAN’s uniform reporters will make more efforts to promote the prestige of PAN and build up readers’ trust in the newspaper with their high quality articles. He said that in the coming time, the committee will keep providing quick and accurate information about political and social situation in the Central Highland localities to the newspaper's reporters. Earlier, the Dac Nong provincial Military Command, Dak Lak provincial Border Guard … [Read more...]

Foreigners enjoy early traditional lunar New Year of Vietnam

PANO – More than 40 Polish tourists have enjoyed a cultural program prior to the traditional Lunar New Year of Vietnamese people, organised by Fiditour Joint-stock Company. All of the participants were excited to learn how Vietnamese people celebrate their lunar New Year festival with outdoor activities. The Polish tourists were briefed on the origin and significance of the tray of the five different kinds of fruits, including soursop, coconut, cluster fig, papaya, and mango to be put on every family’s ancestral altar, as well as the legend of the origin of chung and giay cakes. Banh Chung (square traditional Vietnamese cake made of glutinous rice, green bean and pork) and banh giay (the round cake also made of glutinous rice), and a tray of five different kinds of fruits - a watermelon, a pomelo, and an ochna integerrima tree - the indispensable things of every Vietnamese family during the Lunar New Year festival, were arranged at the program. A tourist approaches to … [Read more...]

Best Tet wishes from PANO to readers

PANO – Another year on the lunar calendar has just passed by and all Vietnamese people are happily celebrating the Lunar New Year or Tet festival. At the very first moment of the Year of the Monkey, all the Vietnamese people are thinking of good things and wishing a happy new year to their families, friends and the nation as a whole. (Photo: trichdan.vn) Over the past year, we, reporters of the Vietnam People’s Army Newspaper Online edition (PANO), have tried our best to provide you, our dear readers, the latest and exact news, and informative articles. Entering the Lunar New Year, we continue to serve as a Vietnamese orthodox information channel, and hope that we could satisfy your increasing need for information. We also hope to receive more constructive ideas from readers at home and overseas to help perfect the online newspaper. Under our plan, we are going to renew the interface of our online newspaper and open two new editions in Khmer and Lao to meet the … [Read more...]

The Ba Den Mountain Spring Festival

(Cinet)- The Ba Den Mountain Spring Festival is an annual event which is organized during the first month of a lunar year. Even so, the main ceremonies are carried out on the 18th night and the 19th day of that month. It is not only a religious event but it is also a token of the deep cultural values of Tay Ninh. On the days of the festival, the monks of highest ranks in Ba Den Temple carry out the Moc Duc Ceremony at midnight, when the amount of light in the main hall is lowest. As Moc Duc means "To bathe the Godess", the monks use incense-imbued towels to wash the statue of the Black Virgin. The water used in this ceremony is made from lotus, jasmine, cinnamon, etc. The washing procedure is then carried out by young girls. Dressing in the most beautiful costumes like those of a princess, they dance in pair and slowly walk into the hall while the ceremony music is being played in the background. After that, they carefully wash and change the costume of the statue. When everything … [Read more...]

Men and women athletes busy during Tet

Swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien has had her sixth Tet far from home. - File Photos HA NOI (VNS) - Many people are heading home to unite with their families after a hard working year. Other are making final preparations to decorate their homes to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Many athletes, however, have no such planned celebrations. Indeed, these athletes do not enjoy Tet, as they continue their intensive training before upcoming tournaments. For instance, this is the sixth year in a row that swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien must celebrate the new year far from her home. Vien is with her coach, Dang Anh Tuan, in the US as she trains for this summer's Olympic Games in Brazil. She recalled that in earlier years she felt homesick, but now it is easier to be far from home. The Viet Nam athlete said in 2015, which was her first Tet in the US, she was 15. Vien was allowed to call her parents on new year's eve, but could not speak and burst into tears. "I am not at home for another Tet, but … [Read more...]

North Korean rocket puts object into space, angers neighbours, U.S.

SEOUL, Feb 7 (Reuters) - North Korea launched a long-range rocket on Sunday carrying what it called a satellite, but its neighbours and the United States denounced the launch as a missile test, conducted in defiance of U.N. sanctions and just weeks after a nuclear bomb test. The U.S. Strategic Command said it had detected a missile entering space, and South Korea's military said the rocket had put an object into orbit. North Korea said the launch of the satellite Kwangmyongsong-4, named after late leader Kim Jong Il, was a "complete success" and it was making a polar orbit of Earth every 94 minutes. The launch order was given by his son, leader Kim Jong Un, who is believed to be 33 years old. The launch prompted South Korea and the United States to announce that they would explore the feasibility of deploying an advanced missile defence system in South Korea, which China and Russia both oppose, "at the earliest possible date." North Korea's state news agency carried a still … [Read more...]

Hoa is no longer VPF official

VPF Deputy Director Pham Phu Hoa will leave his post next week. - Photo thethaovanhoa.vn HA NOI (VNS) - Viet Nam Professional Football (VPF) deputy director Pham Phu Hoa will soon resign from his post. Hoa, who had been in charge of marketing and sponsorship of the company, will continue in his post until February 14. "I will stop working on February 15. It is a pity, because I am really interested in football, but because of different reasons I have to make this difficult decision," said Hoa, who has worked with VPF for four years. However, Hoa will remain a member of the Vietnam Nam Football Federation executive board. "Maybe in the near future, when everything is ok, I will be back. Football is my great passion," said Hoa. After leaving, Hoa said he will focus on his main business of waste treatment. Meanwhile, VPF General Director Cao Van Chong will temporally take responsibility for Hoa's job. Hoa's leaving will result in VPF having only one deputy director, Nguyen Minh … [Read more...]

Miura invited to coach Quang Ninh Coal

Former coach of Viet Nam Toshyia Miura has been invited to work with Quang Ninh Coal. — File photo HA NOI (VNS) — Quang Ninh Coal FC President Pham Thanh Hung has confirmed that he has invited former national head coach Toshyia Miura to work with his team in the coming season. It is reported that the Japanese coach could receive someUS$15,000 per month as a salary, similar to what he was paid by the Viet Nam Football Federation (VFF), if he agrees to the offer. Miura has returned to his home town after spending several days visiting friends throughout the country, and said he would think about the offer and deliver an answer soon. Miura was fired last month, two months before the end of his contract with the VFF. Quango Ninh Coal is home to many national players, includingdefender Nguyen Thanh Hien and Vu Minh Tuan, as well as those belonging to the U19 and U21 squads. The V.League 2016 will kick off on February 20. — VNS … [Read more...]

Viet Nam defeats China in friendly

Vietnamese players seen during their 4-1 win over China in Uzbekistan. — Photo baomoi.com Ha NOI (VNS) — Ngo Ngoc Son scored a hat trick to help Viet Nam crush China 4-1 in a friendly futsal match on February 6 in Uzbekistan. The first two goals were scored in the first three minutes into the game. China grabbed their only goal near the end of the first half, due to a mistake by Vietnamese goalkeeper Nguyen Dinh Y Hoa. Son continued his outstanding performance with the third goal, to complete his hat trick at the 32nd minute, before Tran Long Vu finalised the scoring just 120 seconds later. This was the third win in four friendly matches for the Vietnamese, who will kick off at the Asian Futsal Championship here on February 11 against Chinese Taipei in the Group C. — VNS … [Read more...]

Guinness cable car begins service to Fansipan

The world's most modern three-rope cable car system, Fansipan Sapa, was opened to public use in Lao Cai on February 2. — Photo vietnambreakingnews.com LAO CAI (VNS) — The Guiness cable car in Sa Pa, a popular tourist destination in northern province of Lao Cai, has begun transporting tourists to the peak of Fansipan Mountain, considered the top of Indochina. The cable car is the world's longest three-rope cable system, at a length of 6,292.5 metres and travels 3,143 metres above sea level, starting from the Muong Hoa Valley and reaching the peak of Fansipan Mountain. It can carry 2,000 passengers per hour. Each train car can accommodate 30 to 35 people, helping shorten the journey to reach Fansipan's summit in 15 minutes, instead of two days of dangerous trekking. The cable car is expected to lure more tourists to Sa Pa, with officials expecting an annual increase of 40 per cent. By 2020, there could be up to three million visitors per year. The cable car is being … [Read more...]

Monkeying around this Lunar New Year in Vietnam

Tet 2016 marks the beginning of ‘Binh Than’ or Year of the Monkey. Got your fireworks and votive paper organized? Have you made the Kitchen Gods happy and repainted the house? Yep, it’s going to be quite a year. According to my quick research on Facebook and other reliable sources, ‘Monkey people’ are brilliant, artistic, inventive and naughty. Unsurprisingly, this is predicted to be an unstable year. I’m not sure if this will be the fault of people born under the monkey sign or the over-reactions of other people’s jealousy that you managed to be born in that year. I’m a ‘Dog’ in the lunar horoscope – I’m totally incompatible with ‘Monkey people.’ I knew that when I was a boy living in Malaysia and a monkey slapped me. Even since then, I’ve avoided people with talent who are building something in their front garden. Still it promises to be a fantastic year, full of unforeseen events and … [Read more...]

Weekly roundup: Expat life, holiday madness, corruption ranking

Life in Vietnam a lark, say expats 'Friendly people, great food, and interesting Westerners traveling through the country. What else could you want?' Airport under strain as overseas Vietnamese return home for Tet Tan Son Nhat has been seeing a massive influx ahead of the country's biggest festival. How Vietnam fares in this year's Corruption Perceptions Index Transparency International published the index this week, trying to give a rough idea of how corruption is perceived. Village given final warning to stop pig slaughter ritual in public Officials, however, are not very confident that villagers will listen and take the gory tradition away from the public eye. Vietnam businesses start 2016 with heavy shutdowns Business closures in January were up 27.5 percent from a year ago, official data showed. All the way to Vietnam's highest mountain Many have protested the cable car project, but the first passengers seem too happy to care. … [Read more...]

Da Nang, Hoi An to celebrate Lunar New Year

Series of activities and programmes celebrate lunar New Year's eve in Da Nang and Hoi An. Over 2,000 fireworks will be launched from Nguyen Van Troi Bridge and districts of Ngu Hanh Son, Lien Chieu and Hoa Vang on the eve of the Lunar New Year. — VNS Photos Cong Thanh DA NANG (VNS) — Over 2,000 fireworks will be launched from Nguyen Van Troi Bridge and districts of Ngu Hanh Son, Lien Chieu and Hoa Vang on the eve of the Lunar New Year. Also, a performance in celebration of the lunar New Year will take place at night on Tran Hung Dao Street on the Han River bank, while the Han Bridge will swing its span from 11 to 12pm tonight. The city will also host music and light performances on the Rong (Dragon) bridge at 9pm from February 7 to 10. As usual, the bridge, constructed in the shape of a dragon, is designed to breathe fire and spray water from the dragon's head on Saturday and Sunday nights, in combination with music and lights. Additionally, a fireworks and art … [Read more...]