Co Tu dancers to perform in Hoi An

Addressing the ceremony, Director General of the Southern Office of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism Le Van Hung said the recognition affirms the unique character of the festival, while acknowledging the efforts of local people in preserving and upholding the cultural value over the years. The ministry has asked the city, particularly Can Gio district, to continue building a project to preserve and bring into full play the value of this cultural heritage, he added. In Can Gio district, the Nghinh Ong festival is held along with the Mid-Autumn Festival (from August 15-17 in the lunar calendar), with the public worship of the whale at sea on August 16. It is a chance for fishermen to express their gratitude towards the Nam Hai god (a whale) and the sea gods for protecting and supporting fishermen in their daily life and at sea, and to pray for peace and good harvest.... [read more]

Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Cao Khoa said on September 16 that the museum will be located in An Hai commune, close to Hang (Cave) pagoda - a national cultural-historical heritage. Ly Son Island is home to around ten provincial or national cultural-historical sites. More than half of the relics, pagodas and documents preserved by local families directly relate to the history of Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagos. Particularly, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has recognized the Feast and Commemoration Festival for Hoang Sa Soldiers as a national intangible heritage. The AnVinh communal house, where villagers in the old days gathered to discuss the recruitment and selection of soldiers doing guard duty on Hoang Sa islands, has also been listed as a national cultural heritage.... [read more]

The highland, border province of Ha Giang is located in Vietnam’s northeast region with its wild and magnificent beauty. Ranges of rugged rocky mountains, the narrow paths winding through hills up and down, and the golden rice terraced fields, all embrace lots of mysteries not yet fully discovered. In addition, unique and rich cultures of more than 20 ethnic groups living in the region, including the Mong, Tay, Dao, Nung, Giay and others, make the locality more attractive to all visitors. Ha Giang is an old land, home to more than 20 ethnic groups who have their own traditional culture, lifestyle and customs, plus exciting festivals for visitors and researchers. The region embraces many historical relics and landscapes, such as the Heaven Gate, the Quan Ba double mountains in Quan Ba District; the Mong King’s Vuong Palace, the Lung Cu National Flag Pole in Dong Van District; the Ma Pi Leng Pass in Meo Vac District; the Fairy Fall, the Windy Pass and the Nam Dan ancient stone ground in Xin Man District and the Quang Ngan mineral spring in Vi Xuyen District. They attract many visitors to come for fun or for research. The Ma Pi Leng Pass at 1,600-1,800m above sea level is one of “four great passes in the north”. Photo: Hoang Quang Ha/VNPThe traffic system on the karst plateau has been completed, facilitating the transport of tourists to Ha Giang. Photo: Tat Son/VNP According to statistics from Ha Giang Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the…... [read more]

Viet Nam News QUẢNG NAM - The central province of Quảng Nam has signed an agreement with two Thai companies to develop, promote and provide services for tourism development. The signatories to the Nov 28 Memorandum of Understanding are the Quảng Nam Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism and Thailand's Index Creative Village Public Limited Company and Vietnam Centre Limited Company. Index Creative Village will help boost information on tourism of world heritage sites, including Hội An's old town, the Mỹ Sơn Sanctuary and the Chàm Island-Hội An biosphere reserve, as well as various cultural activities during the Quảng Nam Heritage Festival next year. The MoU also includes a promotion campaign for the Light Festival during Tết (the Lunar Vietnamese New Year) in early February, Night Market festival, International Marathon, farm tours and organic farm promotion, as well as building an international tourism college in Hội An. The province, 800km south of Hà Nội, has attracted 110 tourism projects since 1997. The tourism industry contributes around 10 per cent of the province's Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The province has attracted 4.1 million tourists, over 2 million of them foreigners, over the past 10 months, creating total revenues of VNĐ6.8 trillion (US$302 million). However, ASEAN country tourists only constitute 2 per cent of the whole. Last year, the Mukhalinga, a statue of the Hindu god Shiva that was unearthed at the Mỹ Sơn Sanctuary site in 2012, was recognised as a national treasure. Four expressions of cultural heritage, including the art…... [read more]

Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI - A cave displaying evidence of early people who lived 40,000-60,000 years ago in the central province of Thanh Hóa has been recognised as a national special relic site. Con Moong Cave in Mọ Village, Thạch Thành District of Thanh Hóa Province, was discovered in 1974 and has since been excavated many times. Scientists have confirmed the site's archaeological value, which offers a clear look at ancient Vietnamese people and their lifestyles. The cave is among the sites with the most intact archaeological layers in Việt Nam, as well as in the entire Southeast Asia region. An ongoing exhibition at Thạch Thành District's Culture and Sports Centre showcases nearly 500 photos and objects featuring special discoveries from the cave and its vicinity. Also, the Central Province of Phú Yên has received a National Intangible Heritage Certificate for its whale worship festival. The festival is held between the third and eighth lunar month, which includes a ceremony, classical drama performance and folk games. - VNS... [read more]

ASEAN law forum opens in Hanoi In his opening remarks, Deputy Minister of Justice Nguyen Khanh Ngoc said four ASEAN countries are currently members of The Hague Conference and participated in a total of 12 conventions. Vietnam joined The Hague 1993 Convention on Protection of Children and Cooperation in Respect of Inter-country Adoption in 2011 and became a member of The Hague Conference in 2013. The country participated in The Hague Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters in 2016. Ngoc said Vietnam is considering the possibility of joining other conventions of The Hague Conference regarding legal and judicial cooperation, including those on the abolishment of requirement of legalisation for foreign public documents, the taking of evidence, and the civil aspects of international child abduction. He added that the forum affords a chance for participating countries to intensify judicial collaboration, especially in civil and commercial matters. Participants discussed benefits and challenges in joining and implementing conventions of The Hague Conference on Private International Law, and ASEAN cooperation in the effort.Workshop focuses on migrant labour in ASEAN An international workshop on migrant labour in ASEAN was held in the central province of Thua Thien - Hue on November 14. The event was co-organised by the Hue University of Sciences and the German Rosa Luxemburg Foundation with the participation of more than 200 scientists and managers from Germany, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, the Philippines and Vietnam . Participants talked about the movement of low-skilled…... [read more]

The 10th Culture, Sports and Tourism Festival of the Khmer ethnic people was opened in Kien Giang province on November 14. The 10th Khmer Culture, Sports and Tourism Festival is one of main events of the 2016 Phu Quoc- Mekong Delta National Tourism Year. The festival comprises many excited activities such as trade fair, exhibitions for Vietnamese best quality products, folk games, football and basketball competitions, photo and exhibits display related to the Khmer ethnic people’s life and others. The Ngo boat race is one of the most attractive activities with the participation of 47 boat race teams. The annual event has been held on October 14th- 15th of the Lunar Calendar, contributing to conserve and prove the national cultural value, meet belief demand of the Khmer ethnic people, and tighten further solidarity between ethnic groups. Ok-Om-Bok was recognized as the National Intangible Heritage by Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism that is a pride of the Khmer ethnic people in the southern region in general and in Kien Giang in particular.... [read more]

Chau van to be recognized as intangible heritage The Saigon Times Daily A dossier is currently being prepared using scientific research on chau van, a traditional singing style of Vietnamese people in the northern province of Nam Dinh, to ensure it will be recognized as a national intangible heritage, according to the VIetnam News Agency. Once approved by Prime Minister Tan Dung, it will be submitted to UNESCO to be rubber-stamped. Chau van is spiritual singing accompanying the hau dong (mediumship) ritual of the Mother Goddesses religion. It’s popular throughout the country, but Nam Dinh Province is considered its birthplace. According to statistics from the Ministry of Culture, Nam Dinh Province owns 287 vestiges relating to the Mother Goddesses religion, with 470 people participating in the rituals: 246 mediums, 245 cung van (chau van singers) and 162 musical instrumentalists. The folk performance art was created during the Tran dynasty (1225-1400) and became popular at festivals and rituals. It was performed at temples and pagodas as people believed that it was a useful way to connect to the Mother Goddesses and other gods. Mediums dance to the melody of chau van singing to honor the gods.... [read more]

Long Tong Festival is new national intangible heritage The Saigon Times Daily The authorities of Tuyen Quang Province and Lam Binh District on Thursday held the Long Tong Festival and received the national cultural intangible heritage title ‘Long Tong Festival of Tay ethnic people’. This is the biggest agricultural festival of the northern mountainous province and Viet Bac region which includes the provinces of Bac Kan, Thai Nguyen, Tuyen Quang, Cao Bang, Lang Son, and Ha Giang. The main ceremony of the festival took place at Pu Bao Temple, a sacred temple of Tay people in Lam Binh District. The offerings included nine trays of local specialties and praising the gods with nine girls in traditional costumes. The ritual is aimed to thank them for the crops and to ask for their blessings so local people can enjoy favorable weather conditions and have a comfortable and happy life in the New Year. They made rituals to pray with gods of agriculture, river, mountain and earth. Then they also made a traditional dance to weed out evil. The festivities began by Tich Dien (ploughing fields) and then a dance performance by 400 students from Thuong Lam Highschool in Lam Binh District. During the festival, many folk games such as stilt walking, shooting with a bow and arrows, and con (cloth ball) throwing were organized.... [read more]

Whale worshipping festival recognized as intangible heritage Ngoc Minh By Ngoc Minh in HCMC The Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Tra Vinh Province last week held a ceremony to receive a certificate recognizing Nghinh Ong (whale worshipping) Festival as a national intangible heritage. This was the third national heritage of the Mekong Delta province after the art of Cham rieng Cha pay (a singing style with cha pay musical instrument) and don ca tai tu (traditional music of southern Vietnam). The whale worshipping festival takes place from the eleventh day to the thirteenth day of the fifth lunar month in My Long Town in Tra Vinh. It is one of the traditional festivals in the locality. It was first held in 1920 and has since been held to show people’s gratitude to heaven and earth and sea, and pray for good weather and fish catch. The festival originated from the belief of fishermen in the whale as a savior. It consists of six ceremonial stages, Nghinh Ong (worshipping on the sea), Chanh te (worshipping at Ba Temple), Dang Mam loc (giving offerings at Ba Temple), Nghinh Ngu phuong (parading around the town), and tong Quai (a ceremony on the sea). These unique ceremonial stages draw thousands of tourists to My Long fishing village during the festival.... [read more]

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