One of the most important accouterments of the Mid-Autumn Festival in Vietnam is the paper mask that children love to wear on the day. Over the last few decades, however, the colorful, gaudy masks, which are handmade with different layers of paper, moulded and painted, have been sidelined by plastic ones that are cheaper and easier to get. With plastic and rubber marks coming to dominate the market, the handmade paper ones lost out and many families that used to make them either gave up their vocation or curtailed it significantly. In Hanoi’s Old Quarter, there is only one family that has persisted with making the paper masks. The family of Nguyen Van Hoa, 64, and Dang Huong Lan, 60, still maintains this craft in a 20 square meter space in the attic of their house. All it takes to make a mask are some pieces of paper, cassava powder and glue, and paint, but production is a time consuming process. The artisans first tear the paper into many pieces, then glue different layers of … [Read more...] about For 40 years, a Hanoi family has been making funny faces
Those fluent in Vietnamese had the opportunity to laugh at dozens of huge posters along Hàm Nghi Street and Nguyễn Hoàng Street in Hà Nội's Nam Từ Liêm District yesterday morning. The eye-catching posters said that the district Party Committee and People is determined to make the district into a Green - Clean - Civilised - Modern urban area. However, instead of "Nam Từ Liêm District", the posters say "Nam Từ Niêm District". The wrong spelling between "L" and "N" produces a funny lisp sound. Nguyễn Công Trình, chief secretariat of the district People's Committee, told infornet.vn that it was a typo mistake and all the posters were removed by noon yesterday. It seems that the path to becoming Green - Clean - Civilised - Modern doesn't involve proof reading. - VNS … [Read more...] about Clean, modern, misspelled
Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI - Foodies will have chance to satisfy their taste with over 1,000 dishes at the Food Fest 2017, an international gastronomy and cultural event scheduled to take place in Hà Nội from April 6 to 8. The three-day festival, sponsored by Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), will include several gastronomy events as well performances by Vietnamese A-listed singers. More than 150 food stalls will be set up on the 3,000sq.m area of the Royal City Square, showcasing the diversity of Vietnamese cuisine with more than 1,000 dishes and 200 kinds of drink. Wine tastings, a BBQ party, bartender demonstrations are also on the agenda. Festival goers will also have chance to challenge themselves in some funny contests such as "Taste of Food" - which tests competitors with knowledge on delicacies of countries all over the world, "Hot Dog" eating competition which is for couples, and the "Food & Drink Champion", which challenges contestants to set record in … [Read more...] about Food Fest 2017 expected to promote VN’s gastronomy tourism
Five popular comedians from Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK have arrived in town to join the Magners International Comedy Festival to be held at the Caravelle Saigon in HCMC’s District 1 tonight at 8 p.m. The festival, which is held for the second time, features Dana Alexander from Canada, John Robertson from Australia, Andre King from New Zealand, Lars Calleiou from Canada and Matthew Giffen from the UK. Prior to the grand final show at the Caravelle Saigon, the artists also joined two shows at La Fenetre de Soleil on March 20 and Game On Saigon on March 21, and later they will head to Hanoi for a show at Standing Bar on March 23. Matt Bennett from the organizing committee told the Daily that due to active response from local audiences at last year’s event, they have decided to bring more artists to the festival in 2017. Bennett expects to lure 1,000 spectators to the festival compared to 400 tickets sold last year. Dana Alexander, from Edmonton, Canada, … [Read more...] about International comedians gather in Saigon for large-scale festival
Since the first caveman threw away a banana peel and the caveman behind him complained, mankind has been grappling with litterbugs. Since the first caveman threw away a banana peel and the caveman behind him complained, mankind has been grappling with litterbugs. After cavemen came cities, with the first record of garbage truck-style rubbish removal mentioned in the Egyptian city of Heracleopolis, 2,300 years ago. The ancient Greeks made a law that all non-renewable waste had to be dumped at least a mile outside the city of Athens. The good people of Pompeii piled their trash next to the tombs of the dead, seeing no difference between the two - funny how people looked at things in the past. Health-wise, humanity twigged that it might be a good idea to get rid of the rubbish for the sake of the living. Yet, we're still struggling with unpleasant and unhygienic littering habits in 2017. As the Vietnamese winter fades and we're out and about more often, littering becomes more … [Read more...] about Will Vietnam ever be clean?