For the last 50 years, Nguyen Thi Kim Thanh, 69, in Thanh Khe district in Da Nang City has been traveling to many areas to collect and exchange postage stamps about 12 zodiac animals. Not only Vietnamese stamps, the woman also collects stamps of other countries, including France, Thailand and China. Thanh has four sets of stamps about buffalos, including the 1985 Lunar New Year of Buffalo stamps (this was the first time Vietnam issued stamps about buffalos), 1997, 2008 and 2021 stamps. “I began collecting stamps in 1965. In addition to the stamps about 12 zodiac animals, I also collect stamps about rare and precious animals, flowers and the beauty of Christianity. To date, I have 100,000 stamps,” she said. “I really like the stamps about the buffalo because it shows a healthy, good-natured, peaceful image with a warm and affluent atmosphere. The year 2020 with so many difficulties and challenges has elapsed. I hope there will be better things and prosperity in 2021,” she said. … [Read more...] about The woman spends years to collect Tet stamps about 12 zodiac animals
Creating a painting on the theme of 12 zodiac sign is said to be a challenge for many generations of Vietnamese artists every spring. Such paintings are often created at the end of the old year, during which the artist will paint the zodiac sign of the upcoming year to convey their wishes and hopes for new year. Two months ahead the lunar New Year festival 2021 – the Year of the Buffalo, many artists have posted their works featuring the buffalo on social network and their personal Facebook pages, including Le Tri Dung, Nguyen Thi Mai, Tao Linh and Lam Thanh. Others gather in groups to show off their works to their friends and art colleagues. Members of Ca Phe Bui (Street Coffee) group, which is comprised of seven veteran artists, partnered with two other clubs, Son Tay Fine Arts Club and the Mach Ngam group, to host a joint event in mid-December 2020 at Son Tay Ancient Citadel in the outskirts of Hanoi to create artworks on the theme of the buffalo. The event has been held since … [Read more...] about Zodiac signs: Interesting theme for artists to promote creativity
Painter Nguyen Thi Hien: the tranquillity beside “Pastor playing a flute” Whenever I think of buffalo, the image of the familiar village gate and green rice fields in a peaceful countryside appears in my mind. The image of “The buffalo goes first, the plow follows” has become a typical symbol for the wet rice civilisation of Vietnamese people that has existed for thousands of generations. The plain and laborious buffalos have faithfully stood side by side with farmers throughout the history of the country. My small sized painting (24.5 x 22.5 cm, acrylic on paper) also features the image of a “pastor playing a flute” like familiar paintings of the same name from Dong Ho folk painting village. The ancient village’s gate is flickering behind. Amidst the immense pink lotus the national flower of Vietnam, birds and butterflies, the melancholy countryside melodies spread the melancholy. The beautiful peach blossom and yellow apricot do not exist specifically, but are behind the … [Read more...] about The image of buffalo in paintings of zodiac signs
Culture Nguyen Hue Flower Street opens to public By Thanh Hoa Wednesday, Feb 10, 2021,18:08 (GMT+7) Nguyen Hue Flower Street opens to public By Thanh Hoa Due to the recent Covid-19 outbreak and thus restrictions, the Nguyen Hue Flower Street this year is not as crowded as previous years - PHOTOS: THANH HOA HCMC - The Nguyen Hue Flower Street in District 1, HCMC opens for public sightseeing from today, February 10. The flower street stretches 720 meters along Nguyen Hue Boulevard, with over 130 different types of flowers. This is the fifth straight year that the flower street has been decorated by August Star JSC. To ensure safety for visitors from Covid-19, pathways to view the flowers are broader than usual in line with social distancing requirements. Visitors are required to practice anti-epidemic measures such as wearing masks, using hand sanitizers and keeping a safe physical distance from each other. The Nguyen … [Read more...] about Nguyen Hue Flower Street opens to public
Each year, the Lunar New Year creeps up on us, slowly bubbling up to a dramatic apex, then, just like that, the new moon begins, signaling the start of a fresh chapter. Last year was definitely the Year of the Rat, sneaky, slimy, and carrier of scary diseases. Phew! How glad we all are to see that water buffalo coming at us for this year. And it’s a golden buffalo to boot! Through some nuance between the zodiac signs and their complementing elements, this year represents metal, specifically gold, so, sit back and relax, we’ll all finally become wealthy this time around. As Tet looms nearer, it’s a game akin to musical chairs, the music suddenly cut off when one business after another bangs down its shutters to begin preparation for the big event. We sense it and feel it; as traffic picks up, the general level of intensity grows, the card games in cafés are more numerous and raucous, and people shop until they drop. It makes perfect sense that it’s such an epic event – it’s … [Read more...] about Vietnamese Tet: Don’t take out the garbage!