The event, which was hosted by the local Department of Tourism, is set to be the highlight of Hue’s tourism activities this year. Addressing the opening ceremony, Nguyen Dung, deputy chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, said the festival aims honour and develop the traditional crafts used in kite making. He added that the methods have existed in the locality for centuries and preserving them through a festival will help keep the tradition alive for future generations. Nguyen Van Phuc, director of the locality’s Department of Tourism, noted that the main goal of the festival is to create more events and diversify the range of tourism activities on offer for domestic and foreign travellers visiting the city. Phuc also stated his belief that the sight of the majestic kites of Hue will be an unforgettable memory for tourists visiting Hue. Guests at the exhibition can not only view typical designs of Hue kites but can also learn the process in which their made by … [Read more...] about Hue Kite Festival 2019 flies high on opening day
Pingxi sky lantern festival
Colorful kites take to the sky in Long An By Hung Le Beautifully decorated kites fly in the sky in Long An - PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE ORGANIZER HCMC - More than 300 kites with various shapes, sizes and colors were flown at a kite festival in the Mekong Delta province of Long An from February 10 to 12. The festival was held by the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Long An Province in coordination with Khang Thong Group, attracting more than 100 kite performers from the Vietnamese Kite Heritage Conservation Center’s kite flying clubs. In addition to their vibrant colors and unique shapes, some kites carried flutes that created interesting sound while flying in the sky. The festival also featured kite flying contests and a kite exhibition. During the festival, the organizers presented 3,000 mini kites to participating children. Besides, kite makers taught the children how to make and decorate kites. … [Read more...] about Colorful kites take to the sky in Long An
"Ngo" boat race at last year's Ooc Om Bok festival (Photo: VNA) Soc Trang (VNA) – Ooc Om Bok Festival, also called the Festival of Worshiping the Moon, will take place in the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang from November 16-22, with various activities to celebrate the traditional Khmer festival. A moon-offering ritual, lantern-release ceremony, photo exhibition, Khmer traditional dance festival and trade and cuisine fair will be held during the event. Notably, a “Ngo” boat race - the highlight of the festival - is scheduled for November 21-22, bringing together 48 teams from Soc Trang, Bac Lieu, Ca Mau, Hau Giang and Vinh Long provinces. In addition, there will be a workshop on enhancing local small- and medium-sized enterprises’ capacity to approach the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0). According to Danh Phuong, deputy head of the board for ethnic minority affairs of Soc Trang province, the event aims to preserve and promote traditional … [Read more...] about Soc Trang: Ooc Om Bok festival offers cultural activities
Back to English Comments Culture & Arts - September 23, 2018 | 08:31 pm GMT+7 I have to start with a cliché. It was a magical time. As a child, there were so many things that I loved about this day, the fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month, but the heart of it all was the colorful lantern. I am talking about the traditional red cellophane lantern, not the plastic ones, or the “fancy” ones that rule the market today.My soul warmed as the candle was placed inside the lantern and it gave off this warm, orange light. The glow was within, too. If it did not rain, all the children in the neighborhood would get out and walk in an impromptu lantern parade, compare their lanterns and take turns to “play” with many of them.Today’s lanterns are multicolored and some are even battery operated, giving off these mechanical noises.Nothing to beat the candle-lit red lantern, I would say.Then there were the mooncakes. I loved the traditional baked … [Read more...] about Mid-Autumn Festival: when my soul warmed up and danced – VnExpress International
Japan Japan has two moon festivals every year, following lunar calendar. Zyuyoga is associated with the traditional customs of "Otsukimi" (meaning watching the moon on the full moon day in autumn). For the people in the land of the rising sun, the festival is the time for them to honor the moon in the fall, the only time the moon is at its fullest. In the Otsukimi festival, the Japanese often make Dango, a type of rice dumplings (mochiko). It is quite similar to mochi and is served with tea. On the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, the Japanese personally hand mix flour with water, pound it to create that structure-builder before proceeds to baking. Dango cake is presented with a Susuki grass vase during moon festivals. Also known as tail flower, susuki is a perennial tall grass that blossoms in the autumn. The moon watching ritual cannot be done without dango cake. Dango cake and susuki grass. Photo courtesy of Katorisi on Wikipedia The legend of Dango cake is traditionally … [Read more...] about Are moon festivals the same everywhere in Asia?