The department said the celebration, named "Tet Festival", would be the first of its kind in the city, honoring and promoting Tet customs, Tet cuisine and folk games. It will feature many rituals associated with the country's biggest traditional holiday, including making offerings to ancestors, making banh chung (traditional sticky rice cakes filled with mung beans and pork) and having the Tet pole ceremony. The Tet pole or neu, an important rite at many places across the country, heralds the Lunar New Year is coming. The long bamboo pole is traditionally placed in front of the house to prevent evils from invading the house’s spirit, to pray for a good crop and to seek happiness, prosperity and longevity. Visitors will be able to try traditional Tet dishes and staples from different regions, prepared by chefs from the Top Chef Vietnam 2019 television show. The event, co-organized by the Vietnam Culinary Culture Association, will also have a market … [Read more...] about Saigon tourism authority to organize Tet festival
At the back of a restaurant in Go Vap District, Ho Chi Minh City, cats stand paws splayed against the bars of their tiny wooden cage, soon to be submerged in hot water. The drowned carcasses are shaved and their skins burned, meters from a pile of ageing, silent bones. Often grilled or stir-fried in a marinade of garlic and peppers, the meat is best served with an accompaniment of beer or rice wine. Sitting on stools, two groups of men await their food. "My restaurant has been running for three years. Cat meat is exotic and expensive, perfect for those with good taste. Customers can pay up to VND2 million ($86.34) for a black cat," says owner Cuong. It is difficult to cook cat meat, he adds, noting he first learnt the recipe from a relative in northern Thai Binh Province. Cuong's restaurant serves up to five cats a day, "though by the end of lunar months, the number could double thanks to the belief the meat helps avoid bad luck." The owner describes cat as softer and sweeter than pork … [Read more...] about Paws for thought: cat meat still top of the menu
Most of the children at the Tin Thac Charity House are nicknamed after fruits, vegetables or animals. Nun offers home to homeless children Sister Nguyen Thi Huong with the children she took in and cared for at Tin Thac Charity House in Bao Loc City, the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong. — Photo thanhnien.vn Sister Nguyen Thi Huong, 71 years old, one of the founders of the charity house in Loc Thanh Commune, Bao Loc City, the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong, said the nicknames were chosen based on the characteristics of the kids. The boy named Gau (Bear) is very fierce, another boy named Khi (Monkey) is stubborn, while most of the kids have An (Grace) in their names. So visiting the house can get pretty confusing, with shouts of "Where's Banana Grace?" or "Tell Rabbit Grace to keep it down!" Huong said that 10 years ago, she found a newborn boy weighing only 1.3 kg wrapped in a woman's shirt in a box near her house. She carried the boy home, bathed him … [Read more...] about Abandoned children find a home with nuns in Lam Dong
More than fifty years after the end of the Apollo program, NASA plans to return to the Moon by 2024 as a "proving ground" to test the next generation of spacecraft ahead of an eventual crewed mission to Mars. NASA's current roster of female astronauts The new program has been named Artemis after Apollo's twin-sister in Greek mythology, and the space agency has said that the mission will see the first woman to stride the lunar surface. So, who will she be? No one knows for sure, but it's a likely bet the candidate will be selected from among NASA's current roster of 12 female astronauts. They're aged between 40 and 53, and are former military pilots, medical doctors and scientists who were picked from among thousands of applicants since the late 1990s. Predicting who will join Neil Armstrong in the annals of history isn't an exact science, but several former astronauts and experts interviewed by AFP say the proximity of the deadline mean it probably won't be a new recruit. … [Read more...] about Womankind’s giant leap: who will be the first female moonwalker?
For students at Nguyễn Bá Ngọc Primary School in Central Highland province of Đắk Lắk’s Krông Pắc District where 90 per cent of students are ethnic, Êđê language lessons are always the ones they love most. Students of the Chư Sê Boading school for Ethnic Students in Central Highland province of Gia Lai during class The lessons always take place in excited atmosphere. Students are shy and lack confidence in other subjects, but during Êđê language lessons, they become enthusiastic. Many of them volunteer to voice their opinions in their mother tongue. “I really like these lessons. My parents do not know how to read and write in Êđê language so they encouraged me to learn,” H’Phai Kriêng, a fourth grade student, told the Đắk Lắk newspaper. H’Nher Ayun, Krieng’s teacher, said by reading and writing in their mother tongue … [Read more...] about Ethnic language barriers should be removed