Illustration by Trịnh Lập Paul Kennedy October 1951, was an important month in the history of television, and more specifically, light entertainment. A new kind of show aired for the first time on the 15th of that month staring Lucille Ball and her husband Desi Arnaz. It was called ‘I Love Lucy’ and appeared on America’s CBS network, running for a little under six years with a total of 180 episodes recorded. It may not have been the first sitcom to air on television, but the importance of the show was far-reaching and indeed ground-breaking in the world of television. Lead actress Lucille Ball was a pioneer, not only leading the way for future generations of female comedians, but also running the production company in charge of the show. Her real-life husband and co-star was Hispanic, and Ball had to fight tooth-and-nail with the network to make sure he played the part of her onscreen spouse. And she won. … [Read more...] about YouTube success can bring you fame, but what about fortune?
Breaking mirror brings good luck
On the second day of the second lunar month, people flock to Phu Luu commune of Ham Yen district, in the northern mountainous province of Tuyen Quang for a unique market which is only held once a year to buy and sell luck for the year. Unlike other markets, this annual market at Thụt hamlet, Phù Lưu commune, Hàm Yên district is unique as customers don’t bargain and sellers don’t overcharge. They sell bad luck and buy good luck. Thus, everyone who visits always buys something as souvenir. Besides agricultural products and food, the traditional brocade costumes of local ethnic communities are also on sale. With a variety of agricultural specialties that feature the unique characteristics of a mountainous region, the Thụt market has attracted thousands of tourists both at home and abroad, contributing to furthering the potential of local tourism. –VNA … [Read more...] about Market offers luck for sale
Some of the items include: Salt Buying a small bag of salt is highly recommended during the first days of the Lunar New Year. This is based on the belief that it will bring one’s family luck and prosperity. Fire Fire is widely considered lucky to Vietnamese people in the Lunar New Year. Many people purchase boxes of matches and lighters in a hope that they will bring them good luck throughout the year. A blessing from a Confucian scholar Asking for a blessing from calligraphers on the first days of the Lunar New Year is a popular tradition in Vietnam. The custom of asking for such words is a cultural practice surrounding people’s beliefs and their aspirations to do good. Gold Traditionally, Vietnamese people buy gold to bring good luck and prosperity throughout the year. Grilled snakehead In Ho Chi Minh City, grilled snakeheads are a must when worshipping the Gods of Wealth. This is usually done if you're hope for a prosperity in the new year. Roasted pigs and ducks … [Read more...] about A guide to the top items which bring luck for the year ahead
Painter Dang Xuan Hoa: Year marks sixty-year cycle Painting the animal designation on the occasion of each Lunar New Year (Tet) has become my habit for many years. But 2019 is a very special milestone, when I go through a sixty-year cycle, this year is the second time in my life I will welcome the Tet Ky Hoi. A vibrant flower vase on which the pig is cheerfully piggybacking on its back is a gift for me to reward myself, at the time of remembering the age of 60. Inspired by the folk paintings of Dong Ho and Kim Hoang, I used the ancient way of making blocks in using stylised motifs from sows. Creating images emphasising the characteristics of the fat pig is a bridge to convey the wish of a prosperous year. Using the three colors of red, green and yellow for the image of the pig in the painting is also my own intention, because they are the fundamental colours, which help the artist to freely create and blend into 12 different colours. It can be said that using that colour is the … [Read more...] about Tet painting brings good wishes for a happy new year
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc made a personal call to Vietnam head coach Park Hang-seo and his players, encouraging them in the run-up to the Asian Cup quarterfinal match against Japan. He made the call ahead of his departure for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc wishes national team good luck ahead of Asian Cup quarterfinal Over the phone with head coach Park Hang-seo, the government leader hailed the national squad’s efforts. He hoped that the team would play well in the quarterfinal match against Japan Al Maktoum Stadium in Dubai today, January 24, at 8 pm. Early this morning, hundreds of Vietnamese fans have left Vietnam for Dubai to cheer the national team. Five large-size screens will be installed on Le Duan Street in HCM City for the public to enjoy the match. … [Read more...] about PM wishes national team good luck ahead of Asian Cup quarterfinal