The Bo Y hold the festival to pay gratitude to the Agricultural Genie is held on the 6th lunar month (Photo: Lao Cai newspaper) The Bo Y ethnic people hold a young rice festival in the 8th lunar month every year. On the festival day, two rice blossoms are hung in front of the house as a welcome to other people to join in. In the past, every household celebrated the festival on the same day, but now the young rice ritual is observed on different days depending on each family clan. Mr. Phan Ngoc Duong from Quyet Tien commune, Quan Ba district, Ha Giang province, said the prayers show people’s wishes for the future and connection to their ancestors. “Today, as we hold the young rice ritual, we would like to invite ancestors to join us. The offering has chicken, fish and shrimp, and young sticky rice. We pray the ancestors to bless us with good health, happiness and prosperity”, said Mr Duong. The offerings for the young rice ritual are rather … [Read more...] about Agricultural rituals and wedding customs of the Bo Y ethnic people
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Viet Nam News by Nguyễn Văn Thọ Although the fast-food restaurant owned by Thanh was located in the outskirts of a German town, customers crowded in for lunch in great numbers as there were many offices, factories and small workshops nearby. To serve them more comfortably, one day the owner had to hire an assistant to cook and deliver food. September is an inter-season month with oak leaves turning yellow. Poor Thanh, as his assistant’s driving licence had been recently confiscated by the police, he had to deliver food by himself. One afternoon he took four rations of chicken dumplings to an office on Vonter Street. Away from the kitchen, he could enjoy fresh breezes in the open air and the fragrant smells of flowers and blossoms from roadside orchards. At the customers’ office gate, Thanh found an old man waiting for him outside to receive the food. “Thank you very much,” Thanh said to the white-haired old man in a … [Read more...] about The Tiger-Man
Viet Nam News by Cát Lâm After an early dinner, I washed up then went to bed. Yet, I was unable to sleep straight away. I tossed and turned on bed for a long while like I was sick. Whenever I returned to my native village I felt as if I had taken ill. Strangely enough, leaving the place I returned to normal again. I kept this a secret because I was afraid it would make my mother worried. “Why does my summer vacation last so long?” I asked myself. Since the days I went to district boarding-school and then worked for a provincial establishment I had rarely come home for nearly a decade. I thought it might be unwise due to the generation gap between her and me. Whenever facing her I got an impression that I stood on the other side of the wide Mê River without bridges spanning its two banks. When I felt stressed due to work, I stayed in town for months partly because of her and due to being afraid of living in the country. Then suddenly one morning … [Read more...] about Pilgrims Crossing Mê River
Viet Nam News Paul Kennedy So due to time differences and the fact I wasn’t going to stay up until 4am to write this column, England will either be in the final of Sunday’s World Cup or not. I’m not going to stick my neck on the line and look foolish by predicting a winner, but I will say this… it will be either England or Croatia in the final. Setting aside winning or losing, this has been a remarkable, if not completely surprising, World Cup for my home nation. Yet despite equaling their best ever finish in 28 years, when they were knocked out in the semi-final on penalties by Germany at Italia 90, there still seems to be a group of ‘fans’ out there not happy. I’m not talking about the loyal supporters over in Moscow, or those who were no doubt crammed into a bia hơi earlier today cheering on those in white, I’m talking about the keyboard warriors, probably lacking in friends and general social skills, who sit in their … [Read more...] about To all you keyboard warriors, GET A LIFE!
Viet Nam News Nguyễn Anh Tuấn could not speak the language of refugee children he met in other countries. However, he managed to teach them hip-hop dancing. For Nguyễn Anh Tuấn, hip-hop is more than just exercise. It is a spiritual experience too. By Bích Hường Since 2013, Nguyễn Anh Tuấn has travelled every year to neighbouring countries including Thailand, Laos, Myanmar and the Philippines to teach hip-hop to street children and other disadvantaged youngsters. The 29-year-old first became a volunteer seven years ago after he met Jerry Snell – a Canadian dance choreographer and hip-hop veteran who visited Việt Nam to promote his Street Art for Street Kids initiative, teaming up with the country’s top street dance crews with shelters for vulnerable children to offer dance lessons and companionship. “In a summer day in 2012, when I was teaching hip-hop to youngsters in Hà Nội’s Lenin … [Read more...] about The different sides to hip-hop