Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital city, is one of the most bicycle friendly cities in the world. Photo courtesy of the embassy Danes around the world are gearing up to celebrate our nation’s Constitution Day (June 5) with patriotic displays, political debates and family events. Actually, this year it is also election day. The Constitution defines how Denmark is governed. To many of us, Constitution Day is also a day to commemorate Denmark’s achievements through the years as results of its firm belief in principles like putting people at the centre of development and economic policies, preserving the global ecosystem for future generations and keeping the planet’s survival in mind. For many countries, creating a richer life for their citizens involves higher growth rates with more cars, taller buildings and more consumer goods. Many Danes, however, find that more is not necessarily better. Gone are the days of fascination with fast GDP expansion without critical … [Read more...] about Denmark and Việt Nam: building a green future
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Deeply understanding the ritual of Bathing the Buddha is a purification process that brings us closer to the transcendent nature of enlightenment, says Ven. Thích Trí Quang. Monks perform a sacred ritual of Buddha bathing at Giác Ngộ Pagoda in Hồ Chí Minh City. Photo courtesy of http://phapluat.vn Every year, in celebrating the Buddha's birthday, all pagodas nationwide perform the ritual of Bathing the Buddha and reading the verse of Buddha bathing and the sutra on the Merit of Bathing the Buddha. Understanding the deep meaning of this sacred ritual will deliver invaluable benefits to the spiritual aspirant. Indeed, understanding the wisdom and virtue of the Buddha brings us closer to dissolving the distance between Samsara, the material world and the Buddha, which is the true nature of reality. And gradually, we will also understand that penetrating the Buddha realm will enable things beyond human … [Read more...] about Clean water, purified mind and merits become Dharma
The Hanoitimes - Some tourists think the Mid-Autumn festival (Tet Trung Thu) is the perfect opportunity to experience authentic Vietnamese culture. Visiting Hang Ma street, enjoying the street puppet shows, lion dances, live music or markets and incredible food are just few reasons that holidaymakers should visit Hanoi for the Mid-Autumn festival, Chris Dwyer wrote in an article published on Independent, a UK online newspaper. Mid-Autumn festival in Hanoi. Photo: Chris Dwyer The Mid-Autumn festival may not be as well-known as the Lunar New Year fest, but it provides just as good excuse to visit countries which mark it in style. Of those, few are as memorable a destination as Vietnam, while the ancient capital of Hanoi is the ideal base for joining in the food and fun-filled festivities that this year fall on September 24. According to the writer, unlike Christmas, much of the festival’s importance comes in the build-up and there’s no more atmospheric or … [Read more...] about Independent lists reasons to visit Hanoi for Mid-Autumn festival
Japan Japan has two moon festivals every year, following lunar calendar. Zyuyoga is associated with the traditional customs of "Otsukimi" (meaning watching the moon on the full moon day in autumn). For the people in the land of the rising sun, the festival is the time for them to honor the moon in the fall, the only time the moon is at its fullest. In the Otsukimi festival, the Japanese often make Dango, a type of rice dumplings (mochiko). It is quite similar to mochi and is served with tea. On the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, the Japanese personally hand mix flour with water, pound it to create that structure-builder before proceeds to baking. Dango cake is presented with a Susuki grass vase during moon festivals. Also known as tail flower, susuki is a perennial tall grass that blossoms in the autumn. The moon watching ritual cannot be done without dango cake. Dango cake and susuki grass. Photo courtesy of Katorisi on Wikipedia The legend of Dango cake is traditionally … [Read more...] about Are moon festivals the same everywhere in Asia?
Carolyn is wearing a Vietnamese conical hat. A blue stamp In her stamp collection, Carolyn is particularly interested in a small Vietnamese stamp that depicts a blue dragon on a red background. At 12 years old, the little girl asked her father “Where in the world is Vietnam?” She was too young to figure out the location of the country but for some unknown reason, Carolyn had “a good feeling about Vietnam”. In 1967 when she was a third-year student at the State University of New York, Carolyn was allowed to choose to study in any country she wanted over the course of the next two years. She chose France and it was the first opportunity for her to learn more about Vietnam. “I thought Vietnamese students were the best. My French teachers also said the same. Any educated American knows that Vietnamese students are very smart. It is one of the things, other than the war, that Americans know about Vietnam.” At that time, America was in the middle of the … [Read more...] about An American woman’s spiritual bond with Vietnam