Traditional hospitality of Hanoians

(22/09/2010

VGP - Hanoians would demonstrate respect in receiving their guests through their welcome, their dress, and their invitations.

Associations of fellow-countrymen and craft guilds in Thăng Long-Hà Nội

(20/09/2010

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.

Introduction of a very special smoke in Thăng Long-Hà Nội

(20/09/2010

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.

Hanoians’ tradition of “venerating teachers and respecting morals”

(18/09/2010

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.

Preserving Hà Nội’s craft villages

(18/09/2010

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.

Two products set record at craft village festival

(17/09/2010

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.

Special features about Thăng Long-Hà Nội cuisine

(16/09/2010

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.

Elegance of Hanoians as shown in their manner of speaking

(16/09/2010

VGP - Speaking is the first step in social contact, and Hanoians use their speech to convey their elegance to guests. Because Hà Nội has historically been home to many migrants, the city was also home to numerous dialects.

Craft village festival in Thăng Long- Hà Nội opens tomorrow

(15/09/2010

VGP – As one of activities toward the 1000th birthday anniversary of Thăng Long-Hà Nội, the “Craft villages and streets in Thăng Long-Hà Nội” Festival will be organized on September 16-21 in honor of traditional handicraft villages, streets, artisans and craftsmen.

Historically, how did Hanoians organize the Mid-Autumn Festival?

(14/09/2010

VGP - Writer Hoàng Đạo Thuý (1900-1994), in his famous work Hà Nội thanh lịch (Elegant Hà Nội) described the Mid-Autumn Festival in turn-of-the-century Hà Nội as follows: “…In autumn, the sky is pure and the moon is bright. It is said that in mid-August, mid-autumn, the moon is at its brightest. In the evening, children play with the moon, and the elderly, especially writers, enjoy the moon. Elderly people say that ‘the moon at this moment is the most beautiful. If we are not able to see it enough now, we can see it again like this in one year’s time.’ They see the moon, drink wine and recite poems.”