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Hanoi opens Spring festival at Thang Long Citadel
Thu Minh 13:26, 2016/01/31
The traditional space of the ancient Lunar New Year (Tet) festival with commodities, pictures, costumes and worshipping space for Tet was officially opened at Hanoi’s Thang Long Imperial Citadel on January 29.
A Spring festival includes numerous programmes as part of the activities to welcome the Lunar New Year (Tet) and celebrate the 86th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (February 3, 1930-2016).
The highlight of the festival is an exhibition featuring the traditional space of the ancient Lunar New Year festival with commodities, pictures, costumes and worshipping space for Tet, the custom of asking “ong do” (scholars) to write calligraphic letters at the beginning days of the new year.
During the event, exhibitions on Vietnamese heritages, flowers and ornamental trees, and new archaeological findings will be also organised.

In addition, the traditional customs of Vietnamese during the Lunar New Year will be introduced at the festival. Artists from traditional craft villages have been invited to show off Dong Ho painting and Banh chung (square glutinous rice cake) making skills at the citadel. 
Music and puppetry performances will take place alongside an incense offering in commemoration of the country’s founders.
The festival runs until February 5.
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