The Hanoitimes - As always there’s a wide choice of moon cakes available in Hanoi for the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival. Gentle breezes blow, yellow leaves fall from the trees and dance to the music of the cool wind. Autumn is coming to town and one of the most popular events for both adults and children during the season is Tet trung thu, or the Mid-Autumn Festival. A colourful time, the festival comes but once a year, every year, year after year, and this year falls on Sunday 27 September.At midnight the moon is at its fullest, showering its bright light on to the earth, with streets turned into playgrounds lit by red lights beaming out from lanterns of all shapes and sizes. Masks, drums, paper flutes and toys are stacked everywhere and children and adults alike jostle each other as they shop.In its partial phases, the moon represents the incompleteness of life and potential for completeness, fullness and prosperity. The festival is therefore a celebration and a prayer for the … [Read more...] about Best for the fest – Lifestyle – My HaNoi
Phases of the moon festival
(VOVworld) - To begin this week’s Letter Box, we would like to express our sympathy for the people in the flood-stricken Muzaffargarh area of Punjab, India. Syed Khizar Hayat Shah, President of the Sadat Listeners Club in India, told us about rescue and humanitarian activities for people living in relief camps there. He wrote: “As you know, a flood hit the Muzaffargarh area. I and my fellow club members are doing work to aid the flood victims. We set up a class for the evacuees. We are working for a noble cause. I and my fellow club members listen to your program regularly. We have introduced your program to the flood victims. Please pray for their safe future.” B: We empathize with the flood victims for the losses and difficulties they are suffering. We hope they resume normal lives as soon as possible. In addition to the state’s emergency support, assistance from social organizations like the Sadat Listeners Club is much appreciated to help the victims … [Read more...] about Wednesday September 25, 2014
Kim Lien Shrine (Xa Dan Str, Hanoi) preserves numerous values of Vietnamese culture and history. As narrated, the shrine was built during ealier years of Ly Dynasty, in honor of Cao Son Dai Vuong (Saint Cao Son), one of the fifty sons of Lac Long Quan and Au Co (ancestors of the Vietnamese nation). He followed his father to the mountains and is one of two deities worshipped in the Tan Vien Mountain temple. Cao Son was the deity who secretly contributed to helping King Le Tuong Duc quell the rebellions in Dong Do, so the King decided to build Kim Lien Temple in 1509 to worship him. Kim Lien Shrine honors one of the four guardians of ancient Thang Long: Tran Vu in the north; Bach Ma in the east; Ling Lang in the west; and Cao Son in the south. Time passes by, Kim Lien villagers renovated and built more constructions to deliver mutual social activities of the temple. After two vast restoration phases in 2000 and 2010, the temple’s main entrance includes five gates with board of … [Read more...] about Kim Lien Shrine – The southern guardian of old Hanoi
Street Art Fair 2016 Sat 27 Feb 2016, 3 pm – 10 pm 1st floor lobby, Hanoi Creative City 1 Luong Yen, Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi You are invited to the first street art fair at Hanoi Creative City on Sat afternoon this week with paintings, sculptures, music, and live performances, hosted by painter Vu Manh Phuong. Main activities: exhibition, Japanese dance, DJ, live guitar, drum performances, Henna, Tarot and more. Open to everyone. No need to register in advance. Line-up artists (updating): 1. Phương Vũ Mạnh 2. Đào Anh Khánh 3. Lê Thiết Cương 4. Quách Đông Phương 5. Trần Nhật Thăng 6. Lê Thị Minh Tâm 7. Cấn Ngọc Chúc 8. Lưu Chương Dương 9. Nguyễn Ngọc Thanh 10. Lưu Danh Quang 11. Đoàn Xuân Tặng 12. Đỗ Khắc Hiệp 13. Nguyễn Quốc Thắng 14. Vũ … [Read more...] about WHAT’S ON FEBRUARY 1-29 (DAILY UPDATE)
The current Lim Festival is very bustling, attracting thousands of visitors. Quan ho is sung everywhere from houses to boats. People, including cultural experts, are optimistic about the development of Quan ho. Traditional Quan Ho doesn’t employ microphones. But it is really difficult to find a real Quan ho show which is organised according to traditional procedures. We came to Dang Village when the Lim Festival was about to end and were welcomed warmly by Mrs. Hai Quynh. At 7pm, we went to the village pagoda. After the incense thurifying ceremony, guests started their performances. They were young ca tru singers from the Thang Long ca tru club and young calligraphers from the Vietnam Cultural Preservation Company. The traditional Quan ho show began at past 8pm. Mrs. Hai Quynh and 6-7 old women, around ten middle-aged women, and some young girls sat down on sedge mats spread out in the pagoda’s yard. There were only four male singers. Listeners stood up around mats. A … [Read more...] about Where is the real Quan Ho?