Countries across Asia are beginning their Lunar New Year celebrations. 1. China - Taiwan - Hong Kong Chinese New Year, known in modern Chinese as the "Spring Festival", is an important Chinese festival celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar. Celebrations traditionally run from the evening proceeding the first day, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first calendar month. The first day of the New Year falls on the new moon between January 21st and February 20th. In 2017, the first day of the Chinese New Year is on Saturday (January 28th), initiating the Year of the Rooster. Within China, regional customs and traditions concerning the celebration of the Chinese New Year vary widely. Often, the evening preceding Chinese New Year's Day is an occasion for Chinese families to gather for the annual reunion dinner. It is also traditional for every family to thoroughly cleanse the house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for good … [Read more...] about Asian nations welcome the Lunar New Year
Postcards for new year
Volunteers in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi are putting together a large number of voluntary programmes to ensure a warm Christmas and a Happy New Year for ill-fated and poor people in their cities. From December 1 st to 15 th, both volunteers and customers will make Postcards of Dreams at the Dom Dom Café Shop at 362 Dien Bien Phu, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City. The five most beautiful postcards will then be auctioned to raise funds for the programme, “A Warm Christmas”, in which warm clothes will be presented to local poor people in Bu Dang District, Binh Phuoc on December 21 st. On Christmas Day, December 25 th, Santa Clauses will offer gifts to poor children in Quarter No.1, Ward 11, District No. 10. Meanwhile, the Overseas Vietnamese Students Club (OVS) in Ho Chi Minh City and the Saigon Hotpot Club have set a goal of selling more than 10,000 postcards to earn VND 100 million to support disadvantaged children during Christmas, New Year and the Lunar New Year … [Read more...] about Warm Christmas and happy New Year to poor people
Photo exhibition on Vietnamese women opens in Paris The photo collections were taken by two French friends named Philippe Chaplain, President of France's National Heritage Federation and photographer Daniel Frydman, who spent many years and have great sentiments twowards Vietnam. Around 50 photos and postcards were taken in the early 20th century recording evocative images of Vietnamese women in two distinct historical eras. In separate speeches two French authors spoke of their travels around Vietnam, describing the country as a beautiful land with hospitable people, inspiring them to return several times to organise photo exhibitions and publish books on Vietnam. Collector Philippe Chaplain said that the old photographs are hugely significant in reflecting the fascinating history and traditions of Vietnam. He also expressed his wish to present the photos to Vietnam and deepen friendship links between the two nations through historical photos. Int'l Art Photography Exhibition … [Read more...] about Art & Entertainment Highlights for December 2
Long one of Hollywood's favorite backdrops -- though, in recent years, only so far as its grit and flash can be depicted from stand-in California studios and Vancouver streets -- New York is increasingly drawing producers when it comes to location work. With 31,500 days of filming tallied in a year -- twice as much as in 2002 -- 2005 beat all of the city's records, according to the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting. The movie and television production business, which employs about 100,000 people in New York, has become the biggest job-creating industry. It has been a dramatic comeback. In the 1990s, production costs as high as the city's fabled skyscrapers, a lack of studios and Canada's tax incentives and exchange rate, all helped send film crews packing. The September 2001 terror strikes made things worse. Hit series set in New York such as "Seinfeld", "Friends" and "NYPD Blue" were filmed on suspiciously sunny Los Angeles lots. The Oscar-winning movie … [Read more...] about More Movie Shoots Making New York Hollywood East
With the New Year only five days away, big cities across Vietnam are getting ready to celebrate the occasion with flowers, lights, fireworks and entertainment events. How will you celebrate your new year? Tuoitrenews would like to give some suggestions. , first runner-up on season one of the US version of The Voice, will be a memorable way to say goodbye to the old year. Frampton will perform on December 30 during The Voice of Vietnam's semi-final show. The American artist will sing a solo song as well as join all of the Vietnamese contestants in a performance. The show will be broadcast live on VTV3 at 9:20pm. "Duoc La Chinh Minh," the homosexual-themed drama which hit Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City's stages from May to September will be brought back to HCMC and Dak Lak for free on the occasion of Christmas and the coming New Year. The drama will be performed at several universities in HCMC and the Central Highlands city of Dak Lak from December 24 to January 3. Moreover, the Vietnam … [Read more...] about How will you celebrate your new year?