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‘The sprig can be from any kind of plant, and with or without flowers, with or without fruit, but it must be green, exuberant, with leaves growing densely, symbolising wealth of the sky and earth’ [ more... ]
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Marigolds let me know that Tết, which falls on 3 February this year, is all around. I remember when I was a little boy my grandfather used to buy marigolds, red chrysanthemums, kalanchoes and Dracaena sanderiana, or lucky bamboo, and arrange them in vases on the ancestral altar during Tết, except that on New Year’s Eve the altar was decorated with marigolds alone. [ more... ]
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Every year on the 24th day of the 12th lunar month, six days before Tết, which falls on 3 February this year, my family gets together and prepares to clear the vegetation that has grown around our ancestors' graves since last Tết. We have many ancestral graves, but the biggest ones are those of our great-grandparents. [ more... ]
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Mr Vo Van Toai, of Ly Son Island, Quang Ngai Province, is believed to be able to talk to spirits of the dead and call them to enter one-third-scale clay-and-wood statuettes. When I asked when such a job had come into being in the area, the 70-year-old was quiet for a few moments as if trying to recall a story passed on by word of mouth... [ more... ]
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Mr Nguyen Trung Khanh, 82, from Bai Village, Cao Vien Commune, Thanh Oai District, Hanoi, rides an old bicycle with no brakes with two baskets of bananas to sell more than 25km from his house every day at Ha Dong Market, about ten kilometres from the centre of Hanoi... [ more... ]
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Pasteboard masks have been Hanoi kids’ toys, especially in the occasion of Mid-Autumn celebrations, for ages. But today, just a handful of people ...
In Phan Thiet, bánh hỏi with pig bowels (lòng heo) is synonymous with Phu Long Town, which is the name of the native place of this dish, where it is ...
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