Hanoi Times - Throwing a party for your elderly relatives is a way of also reminding younger generations of Vietnam’s traditionally Confucian origins. Vietnamese families often throw a party for elderly relatives but not necessarily on their birthday. For starters, few old people actually know their exact date of birth as they have no birth certificates! But it is also a tradition to celebrate longevity in spring after the Lunar New Year has begun rather than on the actual birthday. This is the most auspicious time of year and all family members are likely to be home to join in the celebrations. The ‘longevity celebration’ is not simply a glorified birthday party. Vietnam is a traditional and Confucian society. The celebration might be better understood as a way of giving thanks or honouring your elders. It is a way to remind younger generations of the sacrifices their parents or grandparents, or indeed great grandparents, have made in the past. The more … [Read more...] about Celebrating long life – Lifestyle – My HaNoi
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Vietnamese toast Cuban President’s birthday, forces (01-12-2006) HA NOI — A Vietnamese delegation arrived in Cuba on Tuesday to take part in Cuban President Fidel Castro’s 80th birthday celebrations while the Viet Nam People’s Army held a meeting in Ha Noi yesterday to celebrate the birthday as well as the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces. The Vietnamese delegation to Cuba, led by secretary of the Vietnamese Communist Party Central committee Le Van Dung, will also take part in celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces. Secretary of the Cuban Communist Party Central Committee, and head of the Department of International Relations of the CCPCC, Fernando Remirez, received the delegation. At a reception to the delegation, Remirez said the visit was a positive contribution to friendly solidarity and co-operation between the two Parties and countries. In reply, senior lieutenant general Le … [Read more...] about Vietnamese toast Cuban President’s birthday, forces
Ambassador Ma Chol Su spoke with Viet Nam News to mark the National Day of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) today. How do you evaluate the bi-lateral ties between the DPRK over the past year? Capital of the DPRK, Pyongyang. — VNS File Photo Relations between the two countries are priceless treasures built by two great leaders: President Kim Il Sung and President Ho Chi Minh. In 1950, the two nations established diplomatic relation. Since then, the two peoples have ceaselessly cultivated brotherhood and unity in fighting imperialism for their countries' sovereignty, socialism and reunification. The visit of late President Ho Chi Minh to the DPRK in 1957 and the visits of President Kim Il Sung to Viet Nam in 1958 and 1964 marked milestones in relations and created a firm foundation for friendly relations between the two Parties, Governments and peoples. The people of the DPRK are imbued with the leadership of Party General Secretary Kim Jong Il, who is also … [Read more...] about Sixty years of good relations with the DPRK celebrated
Viet Nam News Books of late author Đoàn Giỏi, a guru of southern literature, reprinted as nation celebrates his 91st birthday By Thu Anh Eight books by late author Đoàn Giỏi of Tiền Giang Province, winner of the State Award for Literature and Arts in 2001, have been reprinted to celebrate the writer's 91st birthday anniversary. Featured works include Cá Bống Mú (The White Bass), Những Chuyện Lạ Về Cá (Strange Stories of Fish), Tê GiácTrong Ngàn Xanh (Rhinos in the Forest) and Rừng Đêm Xào Xạc (The Voice of the Forest at Night), which focus on the south's natural world and messages about environmental issues. The books include colourful pictures and postcards by young artists working with the Kim Đồng Publishing House, a leading publisher in Hà Nội. His novel Cá Bống Mú, first published in 1955, tells the stories of southern farmers who face danger and challenges to reclaim wild land for residential and agricultural areas. Two short stories, Những Chuyện Lạ Về Cá in 1981 … [Read more...] about Writer who sparked a contemporary literary trend
One of the most beautiful towns in Viet Nam has celebrated its one-hundred-and-tenth birthday. Early buildings that went up in Sa Pa, in Lao Cai Province, were built by the French who ruled over Viet Nam at the time. Around the town are beautiful rice fields. To celebrate this birthday, photographers showed people the pictures they had taken of the town and the area around it. LAO CAI (VNS) — The famous town of Sa Pa in Lao Cai Province is celebrating its 110th birthday with various cultural activities. Famous for its stunning mountainous landscape and unique ethnic culture, Sa Pa attracts thousands of tourists every year. The cool climate and magnificent green vistas first attracted the attention of French colonisers in the first years of the 20th century. In following decades, hundreds of French-style villas were built in the area. Aiming to turn this town into a "summer capital", the French even built a railway route linking Ha Noi and Lao Cai. However, Sa Pa and its … [Read more...] about Happy birthday, Sa Pa!