Viet Nam News Taking a look at Christmas through the eyes of Catholics sheds fresh light on the celebration and what it means to them. An Phương reports. Christmas has forever been my favourite time of the year. Bustling HCM City, dazzling Christmas banners and sparkling lights always give me so much joy during this festive season. To be honest, I often take Christmas for granted. But it can be celebrated by everyone, young and old, men and women, religious or not. Recently, I saw an article in the New York Times which mentioned that “religious elements of Christmas are emphasised less now than they were in the past”. For the first time, I began to think beyond how people in general view Christmas, but how Catholics, particularly in HCM City, celebrate it, and how people like me, a Buddhist, enjoy this as a cultural event. Việt Nam has four main belief groups, including folk religion, Buddhism, Catholicism, Caodaism, and other minor belief … [Read more...] about Christmas, a joyous festival for all!
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Record breaker: Artisan Nguyễn Bá Châu (left) and his son, Quý, are pictured with the bronze drum that broke the national record in April. Photo courtesy of Nguyễn Bá Châu Viet Nam News The traditional craft of bronze casting in Chè Đông Village, Thiệu Trung Commune in the central province of Thanh Hóa has been famous nationwide for sophisticated products that are highly valued in economy, history and culture. The craft has not only provided the locals with stable income but also great pride when, recently, it was recognised as a National Intangible Cultural Heritage. Hoa Mai and Lương Hương report. Good news has recently reached the locals of Chè Đông Village in the central province of Thanh Hóa: their traditional craft – bronze casting – has been recognised as a National Intangible Cultural Heritage by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism … [Read more...] about Traditional bronze casting brings prosperity, pride
Norwegian solar companies seek cooperation opportunity in Vietnam A group of Norway’s leading solar companies attended a Norwegian Solar Seminar in Hanoi on October 15 to look for cooperation opportunities with local partners in the solar energy sector. The event is co-organized by Royal Norwegian Embassy and Power Engineering Consulting Joint Stock Company 1 (PECC1), under the Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) with the attendance of Norweiginan Ambassador designate, Ms Grete Lochen, Commercial Counsellor Mr Harald Naevdal, General Director of EVN PECC1 Mr Pham Nguyen Hung, representatives from the Ministry of Industry and Trade, and over 70 participants from the EVN and its subsidiaries, independent power plant owners, construction companies, private investors from Vietnam and Laos, suppliers and consultants and other stakeholders. At the seminar, an energy consultant of the World Bank presents an overview of Vietnam’s solar energy, highlighting the achievements of … [Read more...] about BUSINESS NEWS IN BRIEF 19/10
PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc hosts head of Lao Government Office Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) and Minister, Chairman of the Lao Government Office Phet Phomphiphak Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc received Minister, Chairman of the Lao Government Office Phet Phomphiphak in Hanoi on October 5. Welcoming the Lao official’s visit, PM Phuc spoke highly of the outcomes of the working session between Phomphiphak and his Vietnamese counterpart Mai Tien Dung. He asked both sides to continue coordinating in carrying out cooperation deals between the two government offices as well as agreements between Vietnam and Laos. Phomphiphak conveyed the profound condolences from the Lao Party, State, and people to their Vietnamese counterparts over the death of former General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Do Muoi. Briefing the PM on Laos’ socio-economic situation, he said the Lao Government expected that the Vietnamese Government would continue to maintain … [Read more...] about Government News 6/10
Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has sent an official letter to the local authorities of Bắc Giang Province, demanding that they halt the ongoing construction of a new gatehouse at a local pagoda, due its being a National Special Relic Site. The gatehouse is being built at Bổ Đà Pagoda in Việt Yên District. The pagoda hosts a unique collection of wooden printing blocks, which are inscribed with the teachings of Buddhism, as well as a garden of towers. The ministry allowed the pagoda to build a three-arched-entrance containing three rooms and two adjacent smaller rooms on either side. This follows the traditional architectural style of pagodas. Problems arose when it became apparent that the new gatehouse has five rooms, with two adjacent smaller rooms. Culture Deputy Minister Đặng Thị Bích Liên has since signed a decree assigning concerned agencies in the province to stop … [Read more...] about Ministry halts construction at ancient relic site