Anthropologists call it ethnocentrism, the act of judging other cultures based on the preconceptions in one’s own. The decision asking its H'Mong residents not to celebrate their traditional New Year festival was taken recently by commune leaders in the northern province of Hoa Binh. The Pa Co Commune People's Committee in Mai Chau District, Hoa Binh Province, issued an official document last week informing its H'Mong ethnic minority residents that they should relinquish their traditional New Year holiday and instead celebrate the one observed by the majority Kinh people, Tet Nguyen Dan. The decision has been met by surprise among higher authorities and experts. "They did discuss it with us but we didn’t know about the official statement until recently," Ha Thi Hoa, Head of Mai Chau District's Information and Culture Department in Hoa Binh Province, told VnExpress International. The local authorities said that their decision was derived from conclusions drawn at a … [Read more...] about Local authorities’ decision to scrap ethnic minority New Year denounced
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Many cultural activities will take place nationwide, especially in major cities, on the occasion of the Lunar New Year 2015, promising to attract a large number of local people and tourists. In Ho Chi Minh city, “Ong do” ‘Calligrapher’ street has been underway since February 8th at the Ho Chi Minh city Labour Cultural Palace and Youth Cultural House, 116 Nguyen Du, district 1. Buying and hanging folk paintings and calligraphy works have long been an indispensable Vietnamese tradition during Tet and it is believed to bring the buyers good luck and prosperity. Calligraphy works are those featuring stylized words in Vietnamese, Chinese and even English or any other language that one’s heart desires. The words, which hold mostly philosophical and literary meanings, are written with a special brush and ink. Those trained to write the words are called “ong do” (calligrapher,) and are usually elder males who wear the traditional “ao dai” … [Read more...] about Cultural activities over Tet – Where to go and what to do?
There is not enough la dong (a kind of leaf) to wrap banh chung (rice cakes), no apricot blossoms, no peach blossoms and lessons still await overseas students, but they still can manage to welcome Tet holidays in a cozy atmosphere as if they're still in their own homeland. Tran Ngoc Thai related that he has been in Australia for over three years. In the first year he was so sad because of homesickness and being new to the surroundings. However, things will be different this year. Thai and his friends will cook and make sticky rice and rice cakes together. The fact that there is no real apricot blossom as well as peach blossoms means no difficulties for the students. They use colorful paper to make and decorate blossom. They even put some parcels of lucky money and small gifts on the paper tree. Thai said that Tet party will be held one week earlier because the Tet days will coincide with the business days of some students. Pham Tran Khoa, a student at Melbourne, Australia wrote in … [Read more...] about How overseas students celebrate Tet
Readers share their experiences and memories about tour packages designed for tourists to explore traditional festivals during Tet as well as their plans for the country's biggest festival. Katherine Guy, Canadian, Ha Noi Having experienced the quietness of Tet in Ha Noi once before, I am not sure why I decided, once again, to forgo a week on the beach in Thailand. But I did. And as a result, almost every expat I have talked to about Tet plans has questioned my decision to remain in Ha Noi in all it's winter "glory". To be fair, I did have grand plans to travel – a week in Phu Quoc, or anywhere warm for that matter – but like all grand plans they fell through and I was left with two options: a week snuggling under my duvet with DVDs or shelling out US$250++ for a return flight to the south just for warmth. At least I can count on my Tet bonus bottle of whiskey to keep me warm and happy. As Hanoians flock to their villages and the city empties, the idea to offer package … [Read more...] about Tet offers new travel experiences for tourists
The first tourists to visit HCM City this year got a warm welcome yesterday at Tan Son Nhat Airport by officials from the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the city's Tourism Association. Boats look on as New Year's fireworks erupt over Sydney Harbour Bridge on Monday night. Sydney kicked off a wave of dazzling firework displays welcoming in 2013, from Dubai to Moscow and London.– AFP Photo They included 315 passengers coming from Frankfurt, Germany on Vietnam Airlines and 150 others arriving from Hong Kong aboard a Cathay Pacific aircraft. Last year HCM City received 3.8 million international visitors, representing 56 per cent of all foreign visitors to Viet Nam - a year-on-year increase of 8.5 per cent. The city tourism industry reported revenue of VND68 trillion (nearly US$3.3 billion), 42.5 per cent of the country's total tourism earnings. This year the industry is expected to make great efforts to improve its products and services and ensure safety for … [Read more...] about World rings in the New Year