Chuyên mục
Culture

Village festival – culture of wet rice civilization

As an agricultural country with rice being the main foodstuff, every region in Vietnam is attached to a legend or a festival pertaining to wet rice cultivation.

village festival – culture of wet rice civilization hinh 0

The Chu Dong Tu-Tien Dung procession boats.

They share the same tradition of worshiping the agricultural genies, celebrating new rice, and praying for bumper crops. The rituals show people’s aspiration for favorable weather, good crops, and abundance.

Village festivals in the countryside are mostly held in the beginning of the year, the gorgeous season between the harsh winter and searing summer. A village festival consists of a solemn ritual and festive events, where people play games, dance and sing.

Da Trach commune in the northern province of Hung Yen is known for the Chu Dong Tu-Tien Dung Festival, which takes place on the 10th to the 12th day of the 2nd lunar month. The Festival is dedicated to Saint Chu Dong Tu, one of Vietnam’s legendary immortals, and Princess Tien Dung, who helped people set up villages, cultivate marshes into fertile land, and build a sufficient, happy life. 

Families assign their members tasks to prepare for the festival. Young people will join the dragon dance troupe and a team to carry the Saint’s palanquin. Older people will serve in worship rituals and reception. The dragon dance troupe will lead a procession of the Saint’s palanquin from Da Trach temple to the Red river to fetch water.

There are palanquins to carry water jars and a wood statue of a carp. The carp icon is associated with the legend of a carp transforming into a dragon and represents the aspiration to conquer the Da Trach marsh.

Nguyen Huu Bon, a local man, said “The festival shows the people’s hope to conquer nature and their gratitude to Saint Chu Dong Tu for teaching them to grow rice, raise silk worms to weave fabric, and honor piety and patriotism.”

Village festival – culture of wet rice civilization, entertainment events, entertainment news, entertainment activities, what’s on, Vietnam culture, Vietnam tradition, vn news, Vietnam beauty, news Vietnam, Vietnam news, Vietnam net news, vietnamnet news,

The water used in the worship must be taken in the middle of the river.

The procession of the carp and dragon are all associated with water, an important element in agricultural production. They must take clean water in the middle of the river to offer to genies. People believe that if they can take water easily, they will have a favorable year.

In the 4th lunar month, people in Van village in the northern province of Bac Giang, organize a wrestling festival to catch a lucky ball. At the festival, 16 strong, young men wearing loincloths are divided into two teams to compete for the ball, which represents the Sun.

Nguyen Thi Huyen, a villager, said “To start the game, the ball is passed from east to west, which is the rising and setting of the Sun. Catching the ball is to catch the sun to bring sunshine to rice and other crops.”

Coc village in Quang Ninh province is an ancient wet rice region in the northern delta. It has preserved many original religious rituals including the “Going to the field” festival which is organized in the 6th lunar month, before a new crop.

Elderly villager Dao Duc Tue said “The countryside has alkaline fields and salty water. Agricultural work depends very much on nature. People believe in the Agriculture Genie and organize an annual worship which is called the “Going to the field” festival. It marks the start of a new crop.”

Villagers express their gratitude to the ancestors and the Agriculture Genie for blessing them with an abundant life, good weather, and a good harvest. The village festival is a treasure of cultural values, community activities, and the traditional beliefs of Vietnamese people.

VOV5

Chuyên mục
Culture

Coffee shop in Quang Ngai gives nostalgic feeling

A coffee shop in the south-central coastal province of Quang Ngai has proved popular among visitors who come to enjoy the combination of a uniquely classical design and large green spaces.

coffee shop in quang ngai gives nostalgic feeling hinh 1
The coffee shop can be found on Dinh Cuong street in Nghia Hanh district of Quang Ngai province.coffee shop in quang ngai gives nostalgic feeling hinh 2
The villa features wide, open spaces, both inside and outside for customers to enjoy and relax in.

coffee shop in quang ngai gives nostalgic feeling hinh 3
The shop is owned by Nguyen Quang Trinh, 28, who has spent 10 years of his life living in Ho Chi Minh City.

coffee shop in quang ngai gives nostalgic feeling hinh 4
Many of the walls of the coffee shop are adorned with paintings featuring aspects of life in Saigon

coffee shop in quang ngai gives nostalgic feeling hinh 5

coffee shop in quang ngai gives nostalgic feeling hinh 6

A number of old items and artifacts are on display throughout the building.

coffee shop in quang ngai gives nostalgic feeling hinh 7

A number of signs and banners prove fascinating for customers who are intrigued by them.

coffee shop in quang ngai gives nostalgic feeling hinh 8
The café is popular among young people who visit to meet their friends and chat.

coffee shop in quang ngai gives nostalgic feeling hinh 9
A small bar can be found setup outdoors.

A small bar can be found setup outdoors.

coffee shop in quang ngai gives nostalgic feeling hinh 10
At night the coffee shop is lit up from top to bottom.

Chuyên mục
Culture

Peterhof Palace from Saint Petersburg

Today we were travelling north from Gorno Draglishte to Sofia (via Rila Monastery).

We woke reasonably late following the feast and free flowing wine the night before. After gathering ourselves and our packs, we headed down to our homestay family’s small dining room for breakfast, where we enjoyed scrambled eggs, toast, mekitsi (fried dough), local jam and peppermint tea. We were making our way to the Rila Mountains, where we were visiting the Rila Monastery.

We wandered the site with busloads of other tourists, yet strangely the place did not seem crowded. I’m not sure if it was the sheer size of the place, or whether the masses congregated in one area and didn’t venture far from the main church, but I didn’t feel overwhelmed by tourists in the monastery.

We headed over Lions Bridge and made our way to the Sofia Synagogue, then sheltered in the Central Market Hall until the recurrent (but short-lived) mid-afternoon rain passed. Feeling refreshed after an espresso, we walked a short distance to the small but welcoming Banya Bashi Mosque, then descended into the ancient Serdica complex.

We visited the impressive Sveta Nedelya Cathedral, then walked to the calm and diminutive Sveti Georgi Rotunda, which is surrounded on all sides by solid, square and pragmatic communist-built structures. I marvelled at the decision to leave this tiny church in the midst of these gargantuan buildings, but I loved the fact that it remains intact.

We were exhausted after a long day of travel, so we headed back to the hotel and crashed. I had low expectations about Sofia as a city, but after the walking tour I absolutely loved the place. This was an easy city to navigate, and it was a beautiful city – despite its ugly, staunch and stolid communist-built surrounds. Sofia has a very average facade as you enter the city, but once you lose yourself in the old town area, everything changes.

Chuyên mục
Culture

Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

Today we were travelling north from Gorno Draglishte to Sofia (via Rila Monastery).

We woke reasonably late following the feast and free flowing wine the night before. After gathering ourselves and our packs, we headed down to our homestay family’s small dining room for breakfast, where we enjoyed scrambled eggs, toast, mekitsi (fried dough), local jam and peppermint tea. We were making our way to the Rila Mountains, where we were visiting the Rila Monastery.

We wandered the site with busloads of other tourists, yet strangely the place did not seem crowded. I’m not sure if it was the sheer size of the place, or whether the masses congregated in one area and didn’t venture far from the main church, but I didn’t feel overwhelmed by tourists in the monastery.

We headed over Lions Bridge and made our way to the Sofia Synagogue, then sheltered in the Central Market Hall until the recurrent (but short-lived) mid-afternoon rain passed. Feeling refreshed after an espresso, we walked a short distance to the small but welcoming Banya Bashi Mosque, then descended into the ancient Serdica complex.

We visited the impressive Sveta Nedelya Cathedral, then walked to the calm and diminutive Sveti Georgi Rotunda, which is surrounded on all sides by solid, square and pragmatic communist-built structures. I marvelled at the decision to leave this tiny church in the midst of these gargantuan buildings, but I loved the fact that it remains intact.

We were exhausted after a long day of travel, so we headed back to the hotel and crashed. I had low expectations about Sofia as a city, but after the walking tour I absolutely loved the place. This was an easy city to navigate, and it was a beautiful city – despite its ugly, staunch and stolid communist-built surrounds. Sofia has a very average facade as you enter the city, but once you lose yourself in the old town area, everything changes.

Chuyên mục
Culture

Literary Guide to Amsterdam

Today we were travelling north from Gorno Draglishte to Sofia (via Rila Monastery).

We woke reasonably late following the feast and free flowing wine the night before. After gathering ourselves and our packs, we headed down to our homestay family’s small dining room for breakfast, where we enjoyed scrambled eggs, toast, mekitsi (fried dough), local jam and peppermint tea. We were making our way to the Rila Mountains, where we were visiting the Rila Monastery.

We wandered the site with busloads of other tourists, yet strangely the place did not seem crowded. I’m not sure if it was the sheer size of the place, or whether the masses congregated in one area and didn’t venture far from the main church, but I didn’t feel overwhelmed by tourists in the monastery.

We headed over Lions Bridge and made our way to the Sofia Synagogue, then sheltered in the Central Market Hall until the recurrent (but short-lived) mid-afternoon rain passed. Feeling refreshed after an espresso, we walked a short distance to the small but welcoming Banya Bashi Mosque, then descended into the ancient Serdica complex.

We visited the impressive Sveta Nedelya Cathedral, then walked to the calm and diminutive Sveti Georgi Rotunda, which is surrounded on all sides by solid, square and pragmatic communist-built structures. I marvelled at the decision to leave this tiny church in the midst of these gargantuan buildings, but I loved the fact that it remains intact.

We were exhausted after a long day of travel, so we headed back to the hotel and crashed. I had low expectations about Sofia as a city, but after the walking tour I absolutely loved the place. This was an easy city to navigate, and it was a beautiful city – despite its ugly, staunch and stolid communist-built surrounds. Sofia has a very average facade as you enter the city, but once you lose yourself in the old town area, everything changes.

Chuyên mục
Culture

Local Artist’s City Guide: Eindhoven

Today we were travelling north from Gorno Draglishte to Sofia (via Rila Monastery).

We woke reasonably late following the feast and free flowing wine the night before. After gathering ourselves and our packs, we headed down to our homestay family’s small dining room for breakfast, where we enjoyed scrambled eggs, toast, mekitsi (fried dough), local jam and peppermint tea. We were making our way to the Rila Mountains, where we were visiting the Rila Monastery.

We wandered the site with busloads of other tourists, yet strangely the place did not seem crowded. I’m not sure if it was the sheer size of the place, or whether the masses congregated in one area and didn’t venture far from the main church, but I didn’t feel overwhelmed by tourists in the monastery.

We headed over Lions Bridge and made our way to the Sofia Synagogue, then sheltered in the Central Market Hall until the recurrent (but short-lived) mid-afternoon rain passed. Feeling refreshed after an espresso, we walked a short distance to the small but welcoming Banya Bashi Mosque, then descended into the ancient Serdica complex.

We visited the impressive Sveta Nedelya Cathedral, then walked to the calm and diminutive Sveti Georgi Rotunda, which is surrounded on all sides by solid, square and pragmatic communist-built structures. I marvelled at the decision to leave this tiny church in the midst of these gargantuan buildings, but I loved the fact that it remains intact.

We were exhausted after a long day of travel, so we headed back to the hotel and crashed. I had low expectations about Sofia as a city, but after the walking tour I absolutely loved the place. This was an easy city to navigate, and it was a beautiful city – despite its ugly, staunch and stolid communist-built surrounds. Sofia has a very average facade as you enter the city, but once you lose yourself in the old town area, everything changes.

Chuyên mục
Culture

Royal Opera House Muscat in Oman

Today we were travelling north from Gorno Draglishte to Sofia (via Rila Monastery).

We woke reasonably late following the feast and free flowing wine the night before. After gathering ourselves and our packs, we headed down to our homestay family’s small dining room for breakfast, where we enjoyed scrambled eggs, toast, mekitsi (fried dough), local jam and peppermint tea. We were making our way to the Rila Mountains, where we were visiting the Rila Monastery.

We wandered the site with busloads of other tourists, yet strangely the place did not seem crowded. I’m not sure if it was the sheer size of the place, or whether the masses congregated in one area and didn’t venture far from the main church, but I didn’t feel overwhelmed by tourists in the monastery.

We headed over Lions Bridge and made our way to the Sofia Synagogue, then sheltered in the Central Market Hall until the recurrent (but short-lived) mid-afternoon rain passed. Feeling refreshed after an espresso, we walked a short distance to the small but welcoming Banya Bashi Mosque, then descended into the ancient Serdica complex.

We visited the impressive Sveta Nedelya Cathedral, then walked to the calm and diminutive Sveti Georgi Rotunda, which is surrounded on all sides by solid, square and pragmatic communist-built structures. I marvelled at the decision to leave this tiny church in the midst of these gargantuan buildings, but I loved the fact that it remains intact.

We were exhausted after a long day of travel, so we headed back to the hotel and crashed. I had low expectations about Sofia as a city, but after the walking tour I absolutely loved the place. This was an easy city to navigate, and it was a beautiful city – despite its ugly, staunch and stolid communist-built surrounds. Sofia has a very average facade as you enter the city, but once you lose yourself in the old town area, everything changes.

Chuyên mục
Culture

Following the footsteps of Rembrandt

Today we were travelling north from Gorno Draglishte to Sofia (via Rila Monastery).

We woke reasonably late following the feast and free flowing wine the night before. After gathering ourselves and our packs, we headed down to our homestay family’s small dining room for breakfast, where we enjoyed scrambled eggs, toast, mekitsi (fried dough), local jam and peppermint tea. We were making our way to the Rila Mountains, where we were visiting the Rila Monastery.

We wandered the site with busloads of other tourists, yet strangely the place did not seem crowded. I’m not sure if it was the sheer size of the place, or whether the masses congregated in one area and didn’t venture far from the main church, but I didn’t feel overwhelmed by tourists in the monastery.

We headed over Lions Bridge and made our way to the Sofia Synagogue, then sheltered in the Central Market Hall until the recurrent (but short-lived) mid-afternoon rain passed. Feeling refreshed after an espresso, we walked a short distance to the small but welcoming Banya Bashi Mosque, then descended into the ancient Serdica complex.

We visited the impressive Sveta Nedelya Cathedral, then walked to the calm and diminutive Sveti Georgi Rotunda, which is surrounded on all sides by solid, square and pragmatic communist-built structures. I marvelled at the decision to leave this tiny church in the midst of these gargantuan buildings, but I loved the fact that it remains intact.

We were exhausted after a long day of travel, so we headed back to the hotel and crashed. I had low expectations about Sofia as a city, but after the walking tour I absolutely loved the place. This was an easy city to navigate, and it was a beautiful city – despite its ugly, staunch and stolid communist-built surrounds. Sofia has a very average facade as you enter the city, but once you lose yourself in the old town area, everything changes.