After the heavy duty of house cleaning is well done, one of the most joyful parts of Tet is coming: shopping for Tet. For me, Tet markets are always a feast for senses. Mom and three sisters of us get there very early in the morning to buy the best and freshest food and other produce. Essential purchases include sticky rice to make banh chung (a squared sticky rice cake stuffed with mung beans and pork), pork, beef, a rooster and flowers. A blossoming peach branch or tree, or a kumquat tree full of fruits, is traditionally chosen to decorate house by Hanoians during Tet, as they are symbols of prosperity in the new year to come. Dad usually bought a branch of blossoming peach or a small tree of kumquat randomly for each year; or he would buy both if he had enough money. … [Read more...] about Tet in a Hanoi family: Out with the old, in with the new
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Underground water exhausted, high costs predicted for future Besides intense subsidence and increase in tidal amplitude and saline intrusion, Minderhoud said that ground water is being extracted excessively for local production. This could result in depletion of aquifers, while the recharge for water stocking is very little due to impermeable layers in the subsoil. As a consequence of extraction, the water from salty aquifers intrudes into the freshwater reserves. With current subsidence, for each cubic metre of fresh ground water that is extracted from the aquifers, another 12 cubic metres of fresh water will get too salty for consumption. Therefore, if there is no good control, the fresh groundwater reserve in the Mekong Delta region will last for only 100 years. Besides, the subsidence level will be more serious, the Dutch researcher said. According to the expert, if the ground water extraction continues to grow 2 percent each year, the Mekong Delta will sink under the sea … [Read more...] about Sinking predicted for Mekong Delta region
Duong Dang Khoa, a merchant from Buon Me Thuot city in Dak Lak province, said, “People in Dak Lak love apricot blossoms, especially Hao Duc apricot blossoms from Nhon An commune, which is famous for beautiful trees with well-proportioned shapes and reasonable prices. That’s why I prefer apricot blossoms from Binh Dinh." … [Read more...] about Nhon An apricot villages busy for Tet
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?
After the drum is brought to Mieu Ong temple, all the villagers gather around the drum and wait for the shaman to carry out the ritual offering and ask the God for permission to lower the drum. First, the shaman invites the deity back to witness the village ritual. He then reports the achievements the village has made in the past year and asks the deity to bless the village in the new year. … [Read more...] about New Year celebrations of Giay ethnic people in Ha Giang province