Thieu lychees from the northern province of Bac Giang Province are now available at over 700 outlets of Saigon Co.op. The retailer will buy about 500-700 tonnes of the fruit this year. — VNS Photo The Saigon Union of Trading Co-operatives (Saigon Co.op) will buy 500-700 tonnes of thieu lychees, a unique fruit grown in the northern province of Bac Giang’s Luc Ngan District, this year, 25 per cent more than in 2018. Pham Trung Kien, Saigon Co.op’s deputy general director, said fresh lychees are bought directly from the province and transported by specialised vehicles for distribution to more than 700 outlets of Saigon Co.op, including Co.opmart, Co.opXtra, Co.op Food, Co.opSmile, and Cheers, so that customers, especially in the central and southern regions, could enjoy them at reasonable prices. Saigon Co.op will organise a “Viet Nam Fruit Festival” in June and July featuring lychees and other fruit specialties at its outlets, and offer discounts and … [Read more...] about Saigon Co.op takes northern lychees around the country
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Ca tru or ceremonial singing is a complex form of sung poetry found in the north of Vietnam which has been preserved and revived in many localities nationwide. In the atmosphere of a new spring, let’s visit a village to get an insight into a traditional folk art. Dai Phu village in Thuong Mo commune, the outskirt district of Dan Phuong, Hanoi is renowned as the cradle of Vietnamese ca tru. During the first days of spring, visitors from far and wide can hear vibrant sounds echoing from the village’s communal house. Thuong Mo ca tru club, founded by artisan Nguyen Thi Tam, is an example of preserving the ceremonial singing in its native land. The club now has 50 members who are at very different ages. For the past 10 years at each weekend, ca tru melodies echo again and again in the house of Nguyen Thi Tam. Her club members are mostly youngsters. Despite being at the age of retirement, Nguyen Thi Tam has been working hard to teach younger generations to sing ca tru so that … [Read more...] about Ca tru strongly alive in its homeland
Artisan Nguyen Thi Tam and her 200-year-old plucked lute (Photo: laodongthudo.vn) It originated in northern Vietnam and was, like many traditional music genres, a form of entertainment for the royal court. Hundreds of years ago, Dai Phu village in Thuong Mo commune, Dan Phuong district, Hanoi, was a cradle of ca tru singing. During long years of war, the genre faded, but in the last 20 years, local authorities and residents have worked to restore and preserve ca tru singing by opening a club and organizing free classes to teach ca tru to people of all ages. According to historical records, under the Le dynasty in the 17th century, the Nguyen Duy clan in Dai Phu village included a talented, gentle, and beautiful woman named Nguyen Thi Hong. She was good at poetry, playing musical instruments, and ca tru singing. She taught the folk art to 12 families in the area and was dubbed “The lady of ca tru singing”. One day, King Le Hy Tong was traveling through … [Read more...] about Thuong Mo commune preserves ca tru singing
Customers shop for Tet gift baskets at a Co.opmart supermarket outlet in HCM City. — Photo Thien Thu With more than 10,000 gift packs of various kinds sold every day, Co.opmart, Co.opXtra and Co.op Food supermarkets have become the first choice of consumers and businesses looking to buy Tet (Lunar New Year) gifts for their relatives or business partners. The supermarkets even have to work overtime to package the gift packs. Preliminary statistics show that they are also receiving orders from banks and large companies, who buy moderately priced gifts for their staff and more expensive ones to gift business partners. The advantage of Co.opmart gift packs, which makes everyone interested in them, is that the quality of the goods inside is always assured and the prices are reasonable. The supermarkets always have high-quality products and those with promotions inside the gift packs to help consumers save costs. They have also paid great attention to designing the gift packs, … [Read more...] about Why are Co.opmart Tet gift packs so attractive?
Ca tru performance (Source: baovanhoa.vn)Co-hosted by Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and Ha Tinh provincial People’s Committee, the event is an opportunity for artisans, artists, and actors to meet and exchange experience and help raise awareness in the community about the cultural heritage of Ca tru while encouraging those with a passion for the singing. Besides, it also expresses Vietnam’s efforts in fulfilling its commitments with UNESCO on the protection of world cultural heritages and the preservation and promotion of Ca tru as an intangible cultural heritage. Following the festival, Vietnam will compile documents to gain UNESCO recognition of Ca tru as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The festival will run until November 5th./. Compiled by BTA … [Read more...] about National Ca Tru Festival 2018 lures over 300 artisans