"Asked for being absent from work yet?" Waiting at door, Mom asked when I was just about to walk inside. Familiar questions are repeated once a year, exactly one day before the Kitchen God ceremony. In the house, offerings, votive papers, and paper clothes had already prepared by my mother. Tomorrow morning, like dozens of years past, similar to the thing that thousands of other Hanoi families do before Tet, we will make the most special journey of the year: visit the graves of family’s ancestors and deceased people. … [Read more...] about Tet in a Hanoi family: Out with the old, in with the new
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Shaman performs a ritual to invite house owners’ spirits of ancestors to celebrate Tet festival with the whole family (Photo: VNA) … [Read more...] about New Year customs of Red Dao ethnic people in Yen Bai province
There have been a total of 25,000 members with 30 local associations through states in the US. One of the core values of the Association of Vietnamese Students and Professionals in the United States is connection among young Vietnamese intellectual communities in the US. Founded in June, 2013, the association has launched many practical activities for young Vietnamese students and workers living far away from homeland. One of the association’s remarkable activities was VietChallenge, which is an annual startup competition since 2015 for Vietnamese entrepreneurs from all over the world. After four times of organizing, the competition has built a start-up community and has become a bridge for innovative start-up projects of young Vietnamese from all over the world in the fields of technology, agriculture, green energy and health care. The competition’s successes have created premises for start-up projects in the process of calling for investment capital as well as … [Read more...] about Many activities launched to connect Vietnamese young intellectuals in US
In 2017, it was the first time Son and four Vietnamese soldiers serving at the UN peacekeeping missions in the Central African Republic had Tet there and it became the most memorable Tet festival for him and his friends. At that time, they were living in an apartment on a small street in Bangui, an area very similar to rural Vietnam. At the end of December Bangui enters the dry season. In the morning of the Lunar New Year's Eve, they cleaned the house and went to a market to buy food to prepare a meal for New Year's Eve. Son was assigned to go to the market but it was difficult to find fruits or vegetables at the Bangui market. Finally, he found two bunches of green bananas and a pineapple. … [Read more...] about Lunar New Year’s Eve in the Central African Republic
In the West we think of rats as sneaky, pesky nuisances to be poisoned and thrown away. In Vietnam, they eat them! For a lot of foreigners, they are a symbol of disease, darkness and disaster. For the locals, they have an interesting interpretation in the Vietnamese zodiac as a shrewd, hardworking, highly opportunistic and determined character. Much like the Vietnamese themselves! … [Read more...] about Happy Lunar New Year from Vietnam!