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Hanoi cultural heritage festival on way

Released at: 21:04, 14/11/2017

Hanoi cultural heritage festival on way

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Cultural program to take place from November 17 to 26 in capital's Old Quarter.

by Le Diem

A cultural program will take place from November 17 to 26 in Hanoi’s Old Quarter to honor the capital’s cultural heritages.

The program is in celebration of Vietnamese Cultural Heritage Day, November 23, and aims to preserve, introduce, and promote the traditional culture of Vietnam in general and of Hanoi in particular as well as boost tourism to the city.

On November 17 at the Ha Noi Old Quarter Culture Exchange Centre, 50 Dao Duy Tu Street, will be a fashion show of ao dai, the traditional Vietnamese long dress, with the latest designs from designers Do Trinh Hoai Nam and Lan Anh being showcased. There will also be an exchange of traditional clothing attended by representatives from Russia, India, and Indonesia. The stage will be on the street, creating an open space for the audience.

Unlike other traditional costumes, the ao dai remains popular and influential in modern-day Vietnamese culture. Although it is no longer worn by men nor women on a daily basis, on special occasions, such as Tet (the lunar new year), weddings, and graduations it still used widely. In some high schools and universities, a white ao dai is the school uniform for female students.

The center will host a series of activities, including an exhibition introducing the costume and space arrangements in the palace and the exam system from the past, a seminar on traditional ao dai for men and its application in modern life, and an exhibition and talk on the worshipping of the Mother Goddesses, which is one of the main religions in Vietnam and based on a form of worshipping a mother’s incarnation in nature, like the sun, rivers, forests and mountains, to respect the role of women in society and usually performed with ritual ceremonies combining different folk art in costumes, music, singing, and dancing.

Meanwhile, the traditional style of drinking Vietnamese tea and traditional tea sets will be introduced at the Vietnam’s Heritage House at 87 Ma May Street.

The musical art forms of ca tru (ceremonial singing) and cheo (traditional opera) will be performed at Kim Ngan Temple at 42-44 Hang Bac Street. Ca tru is derived from folk songs attached to several folk games and folk shows. It is unique in performance, musical instruments, and poetic style. According to folk artists, it has more than 50 different musical forms or melodies and the singing technique is very sophisticated. Singers have to practice in a painstaking and meticulous manner. Cheo, meanwhile, has stories composed by anonymous author-performers and is orally “passed on” to fellow performers. Stories can be legends and poetry or from history and even daily life. It is believed to have originated in the 11th century in village festivals in the Red River Delta. After crops were harvested, farmers would gather at festivals to enjoy some leisure time away from work, and cheo singing became one of the popular cultural and social activities.

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