The Vietnam General Confederation of Labor is proposing two options to add three public holidays into the working calendar. The first will provide four holidays in a row from the National Day, September 2, to September 5. Ngo Duy Hieu, vice chairman of the confederation, said the National Day is close to September 5 when students across the nation attend a back-to-school ceremony. On that occasion, many parents usually take a day off to take their children to schools. To facilitate this, the confederation wants September 3 and 4 to be break days as well so that families have time to prepare. In the second option, workers will get a break of two extra days for the New Year (January 1-3), and the Vietnamese Family Day on June 28 will be declared a public holiday. The confederation will propose the two options to the National Assembly next month and seek the parliament's permission for the proposal to be included in draft amendments to the Labor Code, which is still receiving feedback … [Read more...] about Vietnam labor union suggests three more public holidays
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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
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?
The storks in Bang Lang garden is most crowded during their reproductive season from August to January of the lunar calendar (Photo: Lan Anh) Bang Lang stork garden in Thot Not district, 60 kilometers from Can Tho city, is one of the biggest bird sanctuaries in the Mekong delta. The path to Bang Lang crosses through vast rice fields under the shade of green bamboo trees. The best time to visit this garden is spring when boat service is available. On the way visitors can enjoy the giant purple crape-myrtle (bang lang) flowers and their play of shadows on the water. The twittering of the birds can be heard even far away from the garden named after the same bằng lăng flowers. According to garden owner Nguyen Ngoc Thuyen, it is a mystery why the birds came to this area, which used to be a rice field surrounded by bamboos, water coconut trees, and nulgar bamboos. He said, “Hundreds of birds began to inhabit this area in 1983. The number of storks grew … [Read more...] about Bang Lang stork garden in Can Tho province
Viet Nam News KABUL — At least 50 people were killed in a suicide attack on a religious celebration in Kabul on Tuesday, officials said, in one of the deadliest assaults to strike Afghanistan this year. It follows a wave of bloody violence across the war-torn country in recent weeks that has killed hundreds of people as militants step up assaults amid a flurry of diplomatic efforts to end the 17-year conflict. At least 72 people were wounded in the blast, health ministry spokesman Wahid Majroh said, which targeted religious scholars and leaders inside a wedding hall where hundreds had gathered to mark the Prophet Mohammad’s birthday -- one of the holiest days in the Islamic calendar. Religious studies lecturer Mohammad Hanif said verses of the Koran were being recited when there was a deafening explosion followed by "chaos" inside the packed hall. "More than 60 or 70 people were martyred," Hanif, 31, said outside a trauma facility run by Italian NGO … [Read more...] about At least 50 killed in suicide attack on Kabul religious gathering