Lunar New Year (Tet) celebrations have been organised worldwide to help Vietnamese people living abroad enjoy a warm and familiar traditional New Year festival. On February 6 evening, the Vietnamese Embassy in China held a get-together to celebrate Tet for staff of the embassy and Vietnamese representatives and Vietnamese families in Beijing.
Chargé d’Affaires Pham Thanh Binh informed the participants of Viet Nam’s political and socio-economic achievements in the past year, wishing the Vietnamese community in China continue supporting each other and contributing more to the country.
On the same day, the Vietnamese Association in Vientiane, Laos, organised a programme offering participants a chance to wrap Chung cake, a traditional cake of Vietnamesee people during Tet holiday. After the programme, 300 Chung cakes were presented to families living in difficult circumstances in the capital city. Warm Tet celebrations were also held in other ASEAN member tsates such as Cambodia, Indonesia and Singapore, and in Canada.
Da Nang people can expect to celebrate the upcoming Tet (Lunar New Year) 2021 festival without having to worry about extreme weather patterns like last year, as favourable weather conditions have been forecast during this period, the Mid-Central Region Centre for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting said in its latest bulletin.
The cold snap is now decreasing its intensity. Today and tomorrow, Da Nang is expected to see light scattered showers and the lows of 18-20 degrees Celsius, and the highs of 24 – 27 degrees Celsius.
From 10 to 15 February, the period which encompasses the Tet break, Da Nang is highly likely to see some light rain and a bit fog at night and early morning in some of its parts, whilst some sunshine to be seen in the daytime.During these days, Da Nang could brace for a bit higher mercury which will hover at the lowest as 20-23 degrees Celsius, and the highest at 26 – 29 degrees Celsius.
By NAM TRAN- Translated by A.T
Danang People’s Committee has issued the list of Cultural – Festival Activities along Han River in 2021.
Accordingly, every last Saturday from 19h30 – 21h30 (from January to September), there occurs carnivals on Tran Hung Dao street (from Ly Nam De street to Trieu Viet Vuong street).
On every second Saturday, from 20:00 – 22:00 (from January to September), there will be street music performance at the North Park by the East bank of the Han River Bridge.
Other performances, namely Folk songs, Bai Choi and Traditional music take place from 17:00 – 21:00 on Tran Hung Dao Street (Southern sidewalk on the East bank of the Dragon Bridge) every weekends (from January to October).
The Dance of Han River takes place from 20:00 – 22:30 at the semicircle sidewalk, Bach Dang street (the intersection between Bach Dang and Binh Minh 6) every night (except for the last Saturday of each month, from January to October).
From January to December, the Tu Nguyen group (led by Mr. Vo Tra Dung) will perform Street Music in the North by the West Bank of Dragon Bridge (opposite VTV8 building) or on the sidewalk of Bach Dang Street, adjacent to the Han river bank, opposite 250 Bach Dang street) from 19h00 – 22h00 every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
From February to September, at the west side of the Dragon Bridge (opposite the Museum of Cham Sculpture or opposite VTV8 building), there will be music performances from 19h45 – 20h45 every Sunday.
From February to October, the City Culture – Cinema Center will organize Street Music mini shows alternately at the Southern Park and the West Bank of the Dragon Bridge (opposite the Museum of Cham Sculpture) and sidewalks on the east side of Nhu Nguyet street from 19:30 onwards on Saturday of the 2nd week and 4th week each month.
From March to September, there will be “Youth Arts Playground” with the participation of Youth Union members from universities, colleges, clubs, teams, groups in Danang from 19:00 – 21:00 on the second and the last Friday of each month at Southern Park, West bank of Dragon Bridge (opposite the Museum of Cham Sculpture).
From April to September, there is traditional concert by Vietnamese artists at the North Park, East bank of Tran Thi Ly Bridge at 19:30 – 21:00 from the first and third Sunday of each month.
On every second or last Sunday of each month (from April to September), “Tuong” artists will serve the public the excerpts of the classic Tuong and the traditional music from 19:30 – 21:00 at the North Park on the East bank of Tran Thi Ly Bridge.
Installation art will take place in May and August at the northern sidewalk, the East bank of the Dragon Bridge, Tran Hung Dao Street, Son Tra District.
Two sandstone statues – Ganesha and Gajasimha – which are on display at the Chăm Sculpture Museum in the central city – have been recognized as National Treasures following a Prime Minister’s decision.
The museum said the recognition was issued on New Year’s day, adding to the list of six National Treasures that have been preserved so far by the museum. Ganesha, one of the best-known and most worshipped deities in the Hindu pantheon, is readily identified by his elephant head. He is widely revered, more specifically, as the remover of obstacles; the patron of arts and sciences; and the deva of intellect and wisdom
The statue of Ganesha was excavated in 1903 at E5 tower of the Mỹ Sơn Sanctuary in Quảng Nam Province by a group of French archaeologists. It was stored by the museum since 1918.
Gajasimha is a mythical hybrid animal in Hindu mythology, appearing as a sinha or rajasiha (mythical lion) with the head or trunk of an elephant. It was found at the Mẫm tower in Bình Định Province in 1933-34, and displayed at the museum from 1935.
The museum, a popular tourist destination in the city, stores and preserves four other National Treasures including the Trà Kiệu Pedestal; the Mỹ Sơn E1 Pedestal; statue of Tara/Avalokiteshvara and the Đồng Dương Pedestal.
Chăm Sculpture Museum of Da Nang, situated on the west bank of the Hàn River, was built in late 1915 with a big contribution from Henri Parmentier, a prominent archaeologist with the L’Ecole Francaise d’Extreme Orient (the Far East Archaeological Research Institute) in Hà Nội. In mid-1919, he published the first catalogue of the museum, marking its inaugural ceremony.It preserves and display thousands of artefacts and sandstone statues found at many Chăm towers and excavations from the Sa Huỳnh Culture (between 2,500 and 3,000 years old) in the central region.