An art performance by overseas Vietnamese in Germany to celebrate the Hung Kings Memorial Day 2017.(Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – On the occasion of the Hung Kings Temple Festival, which falls on April 14 this year (the 10th day of the third month in lunar calendar), the second “Vietnam Ancestral Global Day” (VAGD) is slated to take place in Asia, North America and Europe. The Association for Liaison with Overseas Vietnamese, VAGD Project Mobilisation and Vietnamese embassies and expats in Laos, Thailand, Japan, Canada and Poland will run the events. The day is designed following a shared format, which consists of three parts – incense offering to pay tribute to Hung Kings; art and musical performances; and scientific seminars and workshops. Legend has it that the Hung Kings ruled Vietnam from 2879 BC until 258 BC and they are considered the founders of the nation. To honour the Kings, the 10th day of the third lunar month is designated as their national … [Read more...] about Vietnam Ancestral Global Day to be celebrated in three continents
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Illustration by Trịnh LậpViet Nam News by Mary Pecaut I first set foot in Việt Nam in 2014. As a US citizen embarrassed by my country’s policies during and following the American-Việt Nam War, I was uncertain about the welcome that awaited me. Because I spoke French and had family members living in Toronto, I prepared to answer that certain-to-be-asked question: Where are you from? By replying, Canada. I was pleasantly surprised to find that US citizens are very welcome in Việt Nam and that there was no need to hide my identity. Upon arrival, I started my quest to understand my new home country and her people. Usually when I arrive in a newly assigned country, I dive into the local culture through food, art and language. I soon discovered that the best window into Vietnamese culture was by understanding a unique Vietnamese national holiday. Tết Nguyên Đán, otherwise known as Tết, is the most important and popular … [Read more...] about Can a holiday explain a national identity?
An anti-corruption festival held annually in Haiphong City has just been listed as national cultural heritage by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Dang Thi Bich Lien presented national cultural heritage title to the Minh The Festival on March 1 The title was given to Minh The Festival during its opening ceremony on Thursday morning by the minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Dang Thi Bich Lien. The anti-corruption festival, originally initiated by Queen Mother Vu Thi Ngoc Toan, wife of King Mac Dang Dung, dates back to the 16th century and still is organised on annually basis between January 14 and 16 of the lunar year at Hoa Lieu Pagoda in Kien Thuy District's Thuan Thien Commune. The queen mother established Hoa Lieu Hamlet. She used her own money as well as funds collected from her family and mandarins under the Mac Dynasty to restore an old pagoda known as Hoa Lieu Pagoda. She, along with local residents, created the … [Read more...] about Anti-corruption festival honoured as national heritage
At the ceremony to commemorate the nation's legendary Father Lac Long Quan In a sacred atmosphere, Phu Tho provincial leaders and Vietnamese nationwide showed their respect for and expressed gratitude to their ancestors who had given birth to the Vietnamese people and built the country. They prayed that the legendary Parents would continue to bless the country with peace and prosperity as well as the people’s unity in the cause of national construction and protection. The same day, various activities were held, including an exhibition of documents and objects under the theme “Festival and rituals of the ancestral land” hosted by the Hung Kings Museum; a display of Phu Tho’s specialties and other tourist products; a photo exhibition highlighting the province’s landscapes; a lion dance and drum beating at the Hung Kings Temple historical relic site; a street festival and an artistic program themed “Sacred origin - Hung Kings ancestral land.” … [Read more...] about Incense offering to nation’s legendary Father and Mother
The association submitted a document to relevant agencies, including the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, the People’s Committee of HCMC and the HCMC Department of Tourism. According to proposal, the removal of visa requirements for citizens from the U.K., Germany, France, Italy and Spain will have a valid period extended to June 30, 2023, as the current policy is due to expire on June 30 this year. The association also suggested that visitors of these countries may enter Vietnam without a visa for a period up to 30 calendar days. The previous visa-free period, implemented in 2015, was 15 days. The visa waiver program is expected to be launched for Australia, New Zealand, Canada, India, Austria, Netherlands and Belgium. By THI HONG – Translated by Kim Khanh Tags: expansion of 30-day visa-free travel to 2023 proposal on extending visa exemption Western Europe tourists removal of visa requirements visa … [Read more...] about HCMC proposes expansion of 30-day visa-free travel to 2023