By Bich Quyen – Translated by Kim Khanh
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There are many festival across the year in Vietnam, with some main events as above:
1. Tet (Lunar New Year) is the largest, most important festival in Vietnam when many people return home to celebrate the arrival of spring based on the Vietnamese lunar calendar with their families.
2. The Hue Festival is a famed biennial international event in the central province of Thua-Thien Hue with a host of alluring artistic and cultural activities provided by performers from Vietnam and many other countries.
3. The Hoi An Lantern Festival is probably one of Vietnam’s most famous and unique festivals. In the ancient city of Hoi An, they turn off the electricity on the 14th day of every lunar month when the moon is at its fullest and brightest. Then, colorful lanterns are lit to brighten up the city, giving visitors a sense of peace and nostalgia.
4. The Da Lat Flower Festival is a biennial event which honors flowers and horticulture in the namesake capital city of the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong. It is known for its luscious displays of locally-grown flowers that are a perfect backdrop for a photo shoot.
5. The Mid-Autumn Festival, or Tet Trung Thu in Vietnamese, also known in Vietnam as the Children’s Festival or Full Moon Festival, is observed on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month every year to celebrate the harvest season.
The Hanoitimes – Chu Dau Ceramic is an ancient ceramic line in Vietnam, originating from as early as the 12th century.
Recognizing Chu Dau Ceramic Village as a top 5 tourism attraction in Nam Sach district of Hai Duong province, a ceremony was held on December 17 to announce Decision No.3009/QD-UBND and attach a signpost for the site in Thai Tan commune.
|Chu Dau officially becomes a tourism attraction. Photo: Chi Cuong|
Chu Dau Ceramic is an ancient ceramic line in Vietnam, originating from as early as the 12th century but fully developing in the 14-15th centuries. With this long history, Chu Dau Ceramic plays an important role in the history of the country’s handicrafts and is currently being preserved and promoted by Chu Dau Ceramic JSC – a member of BRG Group.
According to many documents, the first female entrepreneur in Vietnamese history was Bui Thi Hy – the grandmother of Chu Dau Ceramic. From seeing her signature on a Hoa Lam ceramic pot displayed at the Topkapi Saray Museum in Istanbul, Turkey, it was established that the ancient Chu Dau Ceramic was discovered during the 1980s.
|Madame Nguyen Thi Nga, chairwoman of BRG Group, is among people preserving and developing Chu Dau ceramics. Photo: Chi Cuong|
Recognizing the meaning and value of Chu Dau Ceramic, in 2001, Hanoi Trade JSC (Hapro), a member of BRG Group, decided to establish Chu Dau Ceramic JSC with the mission of restoring the lost ancient art as well as building Chu Dau into a high-class ceramic brand consumed at home and abroad, together with promoting the village as a traditional tourism site.
Along with current focus on restoring and making efforts to develop the ancient ceramic, Chu Dau Ceramic JSC has made significant contributions to the construction of the ceramic village. After nearly 20 years of development, the company has restored hundreds of ancient designs and achieved success in developing new and valuable ceramic products which satisfy customers.
Under the development orientation of BRG Group and the business network throughout the country, Chu Dau ceramic products including spiritual items, daily consumption items, and gifts are trusted and loved by Vietnamese consumers.
|Chu Dau artisans. Photo: Chi Cuong|
Along with Hapro’s strength in the import-export business across over 70 countries and territories, in addition to Chu Dau Ceramic pieces displayed and preserved in 46 famous museums in the likes of Tokyo and Istanbul, Chu Dau ceramic articles have been exported to more than 30 countries and territories worldwide. Besides that, the products are selected to be gifts for the leaders of foreign countries during important diplomatic events, which has contributed to bringing the Vietnamese culture to the world.
Further to the success and development of Chu Dau Ceramic under the leadership of BRG Group, on 9th September 2019, the company was honored with a world record for a dish with 1,000 versions of the Vietnamese word for “dragon” written in calligraphy style under ceramic glaze. The dish not only honors the talents of Chu Dau artists but also glorifies the Vietnamese ceramics profession which was found worthy of 10 golden words presented by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc: “Chu Dau Ceramic – Vietnamese national character, shining over five continents.”
In recent years, the Chu Dau showroom and workshop have become an attractive destination for tourists. As a result, the Hai Duong People’s Committee issued the decision to declare the village as among the most valuable tourism sites of the province.
Recently, Chu Dau village has attracted over 500 local laborers, with turnover estimated at VND400 billion annually. In addition, Chu Dau also has developed other trade and service sectors, making a positive contribution to restructuring the local economy.
Being recognized as a top tourism destination is great encouragement to Chu Dau Ceramic JSC, Hapro, and BRG Group in the restoring of the ancient Chu Dau ceramic style as well as the ceramic village itself. In addition, it also draws attraction from tourists as well as financiers wishing to invest in tourism activities in both Nam Sach district and Hai Duong province as a whole.
Student exhibition brings new energy to city life
The Saigon Times
|Part of the Saigon: Interplay exhibition, “Monsters of Saigon” by RMIT student Bui Cam Vy showcases exhibits “to he” figurines made by children, with the purpose of acknowledging and sharing feelings about traumas – PHOTOS: COURTESY OF ORGANIZER|
HCMC – Design students from RMIT University are showcasing their fresh takes on urban transformation and human connections at the Saigon: Interplay exhibition in HCMC, the result of a three-month project between the Museum of HCMC and RMIT, focusing on the transformation of Vietnam’s biggest metropolis.
The exhibition features over 20 works by final-year students from RMIT University’s Bachelor of Design Studies program.
|“AĂ ” by Truong Thanh An, Kee Zi Sing and Tran Bich Tuyet Nhi aims to help people recognize the hidden identity of Saigon through an interactive public event|
With the mutual aim of connecting the city and its people, the ideas presented range from community video and photography projects to public art work displays, motorbike parades, bicycling tours and other novel ideas.
|“Saigon Slumber Party” by Le Cao My Phuong is a free-entry fashion event that invites people to share their self identity in their most comfortable outfit|
Prior to coming up with this project, RMIT lecturers found that technological and media innovations over the past 20 years have left museums around the world questioning traditional models of artifact collection, conservation, exhibition and publication.
Thus, museums are turning to their immediate surroundings to ask how they can renew their local ties and refresh their community bonds. The RMIT students’ works were developed in response to this transformative context.
|The “Than” project by Nguyen Thai Hoang (pictured in the lower half of the image) encourages people to take photos to preserve the cultural identity of the city’s neighborhoods|
“The works on display present really creative and new ideas that touch on various aspects of life. The students created these works and they are also the ones to benefit the most from this connection with our museum,” a representative of the Museum of HCMC said.
The Saigon: Interplay exhibition is open every day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until March 21 at the Museum of HCMC, 65 Ly Tu Trong Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1.
|“Saigon in a Walk” by Dinh Ngoc Minh Chau allows participants to explore the city through the eyes of pedestrians|
By Kim Loan – Translated by Kim Khanh
Through thousands of years of changes in fashion, ao dai, the Vietnamese traditional long dress, has retained its proud position. Carrying the cultural traits through ages, ao dai has become a cultural symbol showing the Vietnamese identity.
|Ao dai through history are on display at the Ao dai Museum on Long Thuan street, district 9, Ho Chi Minh City. Photos: VNP/VNA|
|Ao dai is the main costume of the performers in ca tru (ceremonial singing), which was recognised by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage in need of urgent safeguarding in 2009.|
|Xoan singers of Phu Tho Province wear ao dai. Xoan singing from the northern province of Phu Tho was added to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s (UNESCO) list of intangible cultural heritage of humanity in 2017.|
|Vietnamese traditional long dress (Ao dai) festival in Hanoi.|
|Ao dai has become the daily uniform of female students in Hue.|
|Ao dai is a traditional costume in weddings and engagement ceremonies in Hanoi.|
|Italian Ambassador to Vietnam Cecilia Piccioni wears her red ao dai by designer Chula at the festival which took place at the Temple of Literature in Hanoi.|
|Ao dai collections by well-known designers are shown at the Ao dai Festival at the Temple of Literature in Hanoi. Photos: VNP/VNA|