Chinese-Vietnamese community celebrates ‘Tet Nguyen Tieu’

The Chinese-Vietnamese community is presently celebrating their traditional cultural festival ‘Tet Nguyen Tieu’ from February 3-6.

Many interesting cultural activities like musical performances, the kylin and dragon dances, folk games, an exhibition of calligraphy paintings and a Chinese food fair will take place during the festival.

Highlights of the event are the lantern festival and a parade of 19 kylin and dragon dance groups with a total of 500 performing artists.

The Cultural Centre in District 5, various Chinese-Vietnamese clubs, the Au Lac Park, Xom Cai Apartment block and An Dong Plaza also organised many art programmes during ‘Tet Nguyen Tieu.’

Tet Nguyen Tieu is usually celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first lunar month.

In related news, hundreds of motorbikes and automobiles headed towards Chua Ba (Pagoda of Goddess) festival which opened on February 5 in the southern province of Binh Duong, resulting in a huge traffic gridlock.

Tens of thousands of visitors flocked to the Tran Temple Festival in Nam Dinh City on the same day.

The Tran Temple Festival honours the Tran Dynasty and its famous victory over the Mongols. The event is an opportunity for people to pray for good fortune in their lives and their businesses.

One of the most anticipated activities is the seal procession ritual in the early morning hours on February 6. Thousands of people stand outside the fence to wait for the seals at the Tran Temple. Though guards try to keep order, many people try to climb the fence to get into the temple and struggle to get the seals.

Tens of thousands of visitors flocked to  the Tran Temple Festival in Nam Dinh City (pic.1) and Chua Ba (Pagoda of Goddess) ( pic.2) festival in Binh Duong Province

By staff writers – Translated by Kim Khanh

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