VGP - Over the last several millennia of development, Việt Nam has interacted with many countries and cultures, but only a few have had major, lasting effects on the Vietnamese eating and drinking culture.
VGP - After a Confucian examination, the laureates (tiến sĩ) would return home to thank their ancestors in a solemn welcoming ceremony.
VGP - In Hà Nội, wine is not a daily beverage. It is only used to welcome guests, on death anniversaries, Tết holidays, or festivals. Wine is made from fermented and distilled sticky rice. Good wine is clear, sparkling and does not leave the drinker with a headache. In his Treatise on Geography written in 1437, Nguyễn Trãi wrote that Thụy Chương precinct of ancient Thăng Long (now Thụy Khuê precinct, Tây Hồ District) was famous for good wine.
VGP - Hanoians would demonstrate respect in receiving their guests through their welcome, their dress, and their invitations.
VGP - Members of fellow-countrymen associations would hold meetings, visit and help each other in times of need, and maintain strong relationships with relatives and neighbors back home. A delegate would be sent annually to offer sacrifices and contributions to build temples and roads in their home villages.
VGP - Thuốc lào (pipe tobacco) is a very popular smoke of Vietnamese people, mainly for men. Thuốc lào (nicotiana rusticum L) comes from a plant with wide, soft leaves with sticky hairs. Some people smoke by rolling the tobacco in a piece of banana leaf or a piece of paper into the size of a little finger. The majority of people, however, use a hubble-bubble. There are different kinds of hubble-bubble: điếu bát which is popular in most families; điếu ống which is used in rich families; and, điếu cày which is used by working class.
VGP - Although Việt Nam’s Confucian-influenced education system was limited in scope during the feudal period, it played a remarkable role in society. Apart from determining many talented winners of civil examinations, who would become government officials, the education system trained many outstanding politicians, diplomats, military strategists, historians and writers who strengthened Việt Nam’s culture immensely.
VGP – A scientific seminar on preserving and developing traditional craft villages in Hà Nội was organized yesterday as part of the ongoing “Craft villages and streets in Thăng Long-Hà Nội” Festival.
VGP - A Lý dynasty-style dragon made from 6,500 pottery disks, 5 tons of porcelain and 4,500 pottery cups, and a pair of traditional long dress áo dài named “1,000-year convergence” by designer Lan Hương have been recognized as Guinness Việt Nam records.
VGP - There are three basic modes of cooking used throughout Việt Nam: over fire, without fire, and a combination of both. In Thăng Long-Hà Nội cooking, there are strict rules about each mode depending on what dish is being cooked and what ingredients are available. Careful adherence to these rules is what turns cooking Thăng Long-Hà Nội cuisine into an art.