Mr. Lo Quang Sai from Tat Nga commune said the magic drum can be lowered from Mieu Ba temple once a year. The Giay people believe that the drum helps them to carry their prayers to their ancestors: “The loud sound of the drum is believed to bring a new year of health, prosperity and luck. Every spring, children and adults are all excited at the ritual to lower the drum. Everyone tries to strike the drum for good luck”. … [Read more...] about New Year celebrations of Giay ethnic people in Ha Giang province
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Of course it doesn’t help when my housekeeper of the past nine years murders my garb under the guise of washing it. “Look woman, you’ve killed it! It's stone dead. This laundry is no more! It’s deader than yesterday’s Banh Mi!” …and even up to today, she shyly giggles and says sorry in English with all the sincerity of an airport customs officer. This now requires replenishing my ensemble from the local fashionista mafia outlets. … [Read more...] about Shopping in a country like Vietnam
It’s known as giao thua, meaning the cusp of the old and new years. Dad, as the head of the family, performs a solemn speech at midnight before the worshiping table set up in courtyard where offerings to the Jade Emperor are laid out. We, the children were aroused from our beds, then the family's party started. After the midnight meal, parents usually go to the pagoda to pray for good luck and health, and on the way home, they pick leaves from tree as ‘gifts’ for the new year. Bringing something home on the first day of the year is thought to bring good fortune; conversely, losing something is an unlucky omen. … [Read more...] about Tet in a Hanoi family: Out with the old, in with the new
According to the traditional customs, Vietnamese usually prepare traditional food like spring rolls, banh chung/banh tet, (a pie made from glutinous rice, mung bean and pork), xoi (sticky rice) and or gio cha (Vietnamese sausages), boiled chicken, as well as several other delicious holiday meals. … [Read more...] about What to know about Tet holiday in Vietnam?
It is said that Uniqlo's Hanoi 2,500 square-metre store will be located on two floors of a big shopping centre on Pham Ngoc Thach Street. In 2019, Vietnam saw the arriving of two famous fast fashion brands including Cotton On and Uniqlo. Over the past two years, many international brands have arrived in the country including the much-awaited H&M and Zara. International companies have also acquired some local brands. MTV Global Fashion which owns the Vascara, a strong Vietnamese footwear and bag brand established in 2007, said that they have merged into Japan's Stripe International. Stripe International also bought Nem fashion brand in 2017. According to the Vietnam Retailers Association, there are now more than 200 foreign fashion brands in Vietnam, making up over 60% of the local market which is said to have an average growth rate of between 15-20%. A recent survey by Nielsen showed that the number of Vietnamese people who love well-known brands stands third in the world, just … [Read more...] about International fast fashion brands see opportunities in Vietnamese market