Do Uyen placed a fruit plate on an altar and lit an incense stick. “Are you sad? Rest here and play with your friends,” she whispered. The Hanoi resident is one of thousands of residents who have chosen the Te Dong Vat Nga pagoda as the final resting place for their pets. As of now, the pagoda is home to around 5,000 deceased pets. Uyen is also among the pet owners who visit the pagoda on the 15th day of the seventh lunar month to pray for their dead pets. People visit the pagoda to pray for their dead pets. Photo by Vu Van The Te Dong Vat Nga pagoda was founded by Nguyen Bao Sinh, a poet residing in Hanoi. He had thought of a pet graveyard for a long time, but the idea only manifested into reality in 2000. The seventh lunar month (August in solar calendar), also called the “month of the ghost” in Vietnam, is when people remember and pay tribute to those who have passed. Now, this extends to the pets they loved. Sinh attributes the … [Read more...] about In the month of the ghost, pets ‘come back to life’
Dying and coming back to life
Terry Fox Run to come back to Hanoi soon By Thanh Trung in Hanoi The ninth Annual Terry Fox Run will take place early on Sunday morning, November 23 in Hanoi. This is a charity event for all ages, walking and running to raise funds for cancer research in Vietnam. This event honors the courageous life of a young Canadian, Terry Fox, who at the age of 18 lost a leg to cancer. He set out to run across the vastness of Canada to help raise awareness and funding for cancer research. He ran more than 5,300 kilometers, averaging an incredible 42 kilometers each day. Tragically his cancer returned and he died about half-way to his goal. Although it is now 27 years since Terry's "Marathon of Hope" in 1980, each year more than three million people celebrate his memory by participating in Terry Fox events around the world. The deadline for this year's team registration is November 7 and individuals can register in advance or at 7 a.m. on November 23. For more information, contact Ms. Nguyen Thi … [Read more...] about Terry Fox Run to come back to Hanoi soon
Ca tru comes back to life By Thoa Nguyen in Hanoi After many ups and downs, ca tru (traditional ceremonial singing), seemingly neglected for years, has been revived spectacularly, attracting not only middle-aged people but also youth. Efforts pay off With the ambition of restoring ca tru, in 2003, Tran Dinh Luyen, director of the provincial department of Culture, Sports and Tourism at that time, suggested a local ca tru club. But the suggestion came to no avail as just a few villagers could perform ca tru. Thereafter, Hoang Van Thuy, an elderly man with a profound passion for the traditional genre, gathered some villagers and taught them how to perform. His efforts resulted in the Tieu Than ca tru club. In September, the club gave their first public performance and gained much appreciation. The club has since performed in many places not only to preserve the tradition but also to call people to restore ca tru. Expansion and revision Ca tru, a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage, was … [Read more...] about Ca tru comes back to life
It was a summer afternoon. There were a few kilometres before she could reach Bảo's house. Braving the scorching sun, she walked on the beaten track where three years before this place was her second home. Those trails were very familiar to her, with a lot of memories attached. Having graduated university, Bao left the urban life and came back to his home to get a job without any hesitation. Giang, with a journalism certificate, stayed back and worked for a famous newspaper in Saigon. Four years in love had consolidated their faithfulness. Out of the blue, Giang received a paper for an interview to go to the US. She had been waiting for it for more than 10 years and now she was 25 years old. So she had no mood to go. She felt contented with her life here and was enthusiastically preparing for a nuptial life. But her uncle had prepared everything for her. This landed her in a difficult situation. Her parents were old now, while her younger siblings were still young. This had forced her … [Read more...] about Do come back, Giang!
The Hanoi Times - Old Hanoi, with its distinctive east-meet-west architecture, has been brought back to life with three-dimensional computer imagery and the dedication of a group of friends. In 2004, 10 architecture students and fresh graduates banded together to recreate old Hanoi using 3D technology. The group, 3DHanoi, wanted to create images of Hanoi as it was from the late 19th century before the arrival of the French to the beginning of 20th century when Western architectural influences began appearing in the city. Instead of concentrating on looking for full-time jobs in their field like other graduates, the 3DHanoi members spent years on the project, working only to finance their hobby. The team hopes their project will turn the spotlight on the need to protect the dying architectural heritage of Vietnam’s 1,000-year-old capital. “There was a time when we lived on our belief in the project,” said 3DHanoi member Dinh Viet Phuong. … [Read more...] about Old Hanoi comes back to life in 3D