Since early morning, people from Ha Tinh and the neighboring province of Nghe An had been streaming to the Vuc Rao lagoon to catch fish. The Dong Hoa (Hoa Field) fishing festival is an original traditional culture of locals, organized annually on a Sunday after crop harvest to encourage agricultural, rural development and fishery expansion and tighten the solidarity in local residential community. The Vuc Rao lagoon locates in the foot of Hong Linh Mountain, having the total length of about two kilometers and area of 30 hectares. The lagoon is home to many kinds of fresh water fish. Before the festival, all fishing activities in the lagoon are banned to create conditions for fish to live and develop. Those catching big fish are belived to have lot of good luck and bumper crop in the whole year. The organization board will reward the person catching the biggest fish which will be worshiped to the tutelary god of the village. Images of Dong Hoa fishing festival: By Duong … [Read more...] about Thousands of people attend fishing festival in Ha Tinh province
Fresh water festival
Japan Japan has two moon festivals every year, following lunar calendar. Zyuyoga is associated with the traditional customs of "Otsukimi" (meaning watching the moon on the full moon day in autumn). For the people in the land of the rising sun, the festival is the time for them to honor the moon in the fall, the only time the moon is at its fullest. In the Otsukimi festival, the Japanese often make Dango, a type of rice dumplings (mochiko). It is quite similar to mochi and is served with tea. On the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, the Japanese personally hand mix flour with water, pound it to create that structure-builder before proceeds to baking. Dango cake is presented with a Susuki grass vase during moon festivals. Also known as tail flower, susuki is a perennial tall grass that blossoms in the autumn. The moon watching ritual cannot be done without dango cake. Dango cake and susuki grass. Photo courtesy of Katorisi on Wikipedia The legend of Dango cake is traditionally … [Read more...] about Are moon festivals the same everywhere in Asia?
Grapes are the specialty of the province, with a yearly output of between 60,000 and 65,000 tonnes. — Photo from zing.vnViet Nam News NINH THUẬN — The People’s Committee of the central province of Ninh Thuận on Tuesday plans to cancel its Grape and Wine Festival 2018, which was planned to take place from October 5-10 in Phan Rang–Tháp Chàm City. Lê Văn Bình, vice chairman of the municipal People’s Committee, said a severe drought and shortage of water at reservoirs is expected to occur across the province in upcoming months. The festival is expected to be held next year if weather conditions are favourable. The festival was first organised in 2016 to promote the province’s landscapes and culture, as well as its local specialties, to Vietnamese and foreign tourists. According to the province’s Agriculture and Rural Development, Ninh Thuận has 2,500 hectares of grape fields with an average yield of … [Read more...] about Ninh Thuận cancels grape festival due to drought
Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Paragliding over the terraced fields of Mù Cang Chải promises to excite festival goers in the northern province of Yên Bái. The annual paragliding festival, themed “flying in the yellow season,” will take place from September 21 to 23. It will allow visitors to enjoy the beautiful local terraced rice fields. Head of the Vietwings Hà Nội Club Hoàng Mộng Long said participants will enjoy spectacular mountain views and fresh air while marveling at the ingenuity needed to create the extensive system of terraces. He noted the festival will be larger this year, and stated he hopes it can become a national event in the near future. Organisers expect 200 Vietnamese and foreign pilots to prive paragliding rides to 150 tourists. Flights start in a sea of clouds at the peak of the Khau Phạ Mountain, located about 1,200m above sea level. Visitors can expect to make creative costumes with … [Read more...] about Paragliding festival flies over Mù Cang Chải terraced fields
Viet Nam News HCM CITY — More than 180 varieties of fruits will be displayed at the Southern Fruit Festival to be held from June 1 to August 30 at Suối Tiên Theme Park in HCM City. Around 1,000 tonnes of fruits will be brought to the park from orchards in the southern region and sold at 20-30 per cent below market prices. The annual festival will feature Taste of Vietnamese Fruits from June 1 to 7, when guests at four- and five-star hotels would be offered delicious fresh fruits and juices when they check in, Nguyễn Thị Ánh Hoa, deputy director of the city Department of Tourism, said. Tourists will be invited to join the festival, she said. Supermarkets in the city would stock a large variety of fruits and offer discounts of 10 per cent and more, she said. There would be many attractions and programmes at the festival, including a floating fruit market, a safe fruit contest, installation art using fruits, a fruit parade, a giant fruit and … [Read more...] about HCM City theme park set to host Southern Fruit Festival