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Festival welcomes new year in capital

Update: February, 01/2008 - 00:00

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(02-02-2008)

Festival welcomes new year in capital

HA NOI — The Thang Long Citadel in Ha Noi heralded the onset of the Lunar New Year on Wednesday with an array of activities and art performances.

The event, titled Sac Xuan Thanh Co (Spring’s Beauty in the Ancient Citadel), included exhibitions of handicrafts, wooden furniture, pottery and calligraphy. Also on the programme list were puppetry performances, ca tru (ceremonial singing) and a show of typical food from the capital.

Artist Nguyen The Long read the King Ly Thai To’s royal proclamation on the city, rewritten by calligrapher Nguyen Van Bach.

S Korea airs Viet Nam documentary

HA NOI — South Korea’s KBS Television co-operated with Viet Nam Television to showcase a 4-episode documentary film entitled of Viet Nam-Su Phi Thuong (An extraordinary Viet Nam) in South Korea.

The first 55-minute episode with title of Gioi Tre Viet Nam Bay Bong Nhung Giac Mo (Viet Nam’s youths with dreams fly up high) was presented last Tuesday.

The rest will impress audiences with many subjects such as Viet Nam’s ao dai (long dress), cuisine and economics.

HCM City TV plans comedy relief

HCM City — Lunar New Year Tet is traditionally a time for comedians to come together on HCM City Television for Ong Tao (Kitchen God), a slapstick that has audiences who have just completed a year of hard work in stitches.

As usual, the Tet show on New Year’s Eve (February 6), will feature more than 40 comedians like Bao Quoc, Hong To, and Tan Beo. Well-known designer Vo Viet Chung and makeup artist Le Dung are also set to make an appearance.

Directed by The Ngu and Nguyen Van Sau, Lien Hoan Tao Quan (Kitchen God Party) will also focus on the year’s top social, economic, and cultural events.

VTV1 airs gameshow for Tet

HA NOI — VTV1 are celebrating the onset of Tet (Lunar New Year) with a special gameshow, the Key To Success, to be aired on February 5.

The 45-minute show is made in collaboration with Viet Nam Television and Hoang Gia Media and sponsored by Kim Boi Mineral Water and Dong A Pharmaceutical companies.

Those taking part will compete in three multiple-choice rounds. All the questions will be related to Tet and other new year traditions in Viet Nam and the world. The final round will be broadcast in May.

Charity begins at home, right?

HCM City — Poor and elderly artists usually have little to cheer about during Tet.

But, to bring some sunshine into their lives this year, the HCM City Theatre Artists Association called on some 400 of them and gave them gifts and food. Many of them are backstage workers who have sacrificed their lives for art.

"Our artists are like mayflies," says People’s Artist Phung Ha, who has worked hard to raise money for charity, referring to the fragile winged insects that live in the adult stage for no more than a few days.

The charity programme is part of the association’s community activities which attract many young artists.

Calligraphy scholars show off for Tet

HCM City — More than 50 students, most of them members of calligraphy clubs in HCM City, are showing off their skills at a Tet celebration (January 28 to February 5) at the Youth Cultural House, Pham Ngoc Thach Street, District 1.

The young scholars as they are reverentially known, write parallel sentences in Chinese and Vietnamese characters on red paper using India ink. Hanging vertically in the living room of most families, the red papers are inscribed with Tet wishes – like happiness, prosperity, or longevity.

Scholar Ung Tu Do says he loves writing parallel sentences during Tet because "it is the country’s spirit." — VNS

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