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
For sale at Vieng Market are different kinds of products, such as farming tools, flowers and ornamental trees which are believed to bring health, happiness and luck to both buyers and sellers. PANO would like to introduce some photos of the unique market this year. Braving the rains, people from different localities flock to the market at midnight of the seventh day of the lunar year. It is thought that rain would bring luck to the participants. Farming tools are most favorite products at the market. Among them are hoes, shovels, sickles and knives. People buy baskets to wish for an abundant crop. Mr. Nam from Thai Nguyen province said that he comes to the market every year. This year, he bought a fish trap to pray for prosperity for his family. Ornamental trees and flowers of different kinds are sold at the market. … [Read more...] about Vieng Market – A unique place for bringing luck and happiness to people
VietNamNet Bridge – People have been rummaging through Lam Dong province for ancient tea trees, which can enrich them overnight. The trees can be sold for up to tens of millions of dong to the rich people who have ornamental tree collections. Ancient tea trees get as expensive as gold Bonsai has become very in vogue among the rich. In Lam Dong province and some other localities, the stumps of ancient tea trees have been used to create original flowerpots with bonsai style. The flowerpots have been displayed at the entrance doors to enterprises or agencies to show the powerful economic capability and the elegance of the owners. As ancient tea trees have been hunted, they have become as expensive as gold. “The trees have become most expensive in Lam Dong than ever,” said Hoang Trong Nghia, the owner of the ancient tea tree shop in Di Linh town. “I sold the 50-year-old ancient tea tree last year for 10 million dong last year. Now it can be valued at no less … [Read more...] about Ancient tea trees hunted high and low because they bring luck
Jessica Minh Anh brings her floating catwalk to River Seine Vietnamese model Jessica Minh Anh presented an autumn collection on Thursday in a unique way, with a "floating catwalk" on the River Seine in Paris. The model cum entrepreneur hosted the event, inviting a group of guests aboard the Seine's giant glass boat to witness the stunning 100m catwalk. The multi-faceted glass windows gave the illusion of the models walking on water as the boat cruises. As a result, Paris landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Louvre, and the 37 famous bridges crossing the river became the backdrop for the catwalk. Marco Goncalvez, Operation Manager of Compagnie des Bateaux Mouches, said: "We are extremely honoured to work with Jessica Minh Anh on this special project. "We have been admiring her iconic productions at places such as the Grand Canyon Skywalk, Hudson River, London's Tower Bridge, and One World Trade Center for years. It is a privilege to have our venue added in Jessica's … [Read more...] about Jessica Minh Anh brings her floating catwalk to River Seine
One day in late 2010, I was treating my kids to ice cream at a shop in Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem District. We were new to Vietnam and, as usual, I liked the posted price: 10,000 dong per scoop, or less than 50 U.S. cents. Vietnam: such a deal! When the woman behind the counter charged us 15,000 dong per scoop, I pointed to the sign behind her – and she, in turn, pointed to the little handmade sign in front of the cash register with the new price. Her colleague spoke serviceable English: “The price of everything is going up.” That, in retrospect, proved to be an understatement. Vietnam’s inflation rate soared to higher than 20 per cent in the middle of 2011, and remained in double digits through the first few months of 2012, the highest cost-of-living increase in Asia. Since then, Vietnam’s authorities have won praise for policies that helped bring inflation back to single digits. Keeping it under control, authorities say, remains a top priority for 2013. But … [Read more...] about What kind of luck will the Snake bring?