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Diverse Tet Holiday 2023 programs in Hanoi’s Old Quarter

On the occasion of the Lunar New Year or Tet holiday, various programs will take place to entertain Hanoians and visitors, starting this weekend.

A cultural program titled “Vietnamese Tet and Tet atmosphere in Hanoi’s streets” will take place on January 7 and 8, 2023, in Hanoi's Old Quarter.

 The Tet Pole-rising ceremony will be reenacted at the Kim Ngan Communal House this weekend. Photo: Dinh lang Viet Group

The program is organized to promote the unique traditional culture of the locality among youth and international visitors.

An art performance of the Thai ethnic minority featuring traditional dances such as Xoe or nhay sap or dancing with bamboo poles, and dual singing, among others, alongside Thai folk games, will be organized at Phung Hung Mural Painting Street on January 7.

Meanwhile, a traditional music performance program introducing the art of Southern Dan ca tai tu or the art of lute and singing, popular in the Mekong Delta, will be organized in the Old Quarter's Center for Cultural Exchange at No.50 Dao Duy Tu Street in Hoan Kiem District.

Locals and visitors to the capital city on January 8 will have a chance to join many activities with the theme of traditional customs such as “Cao yet Thanh hoang” or worshiping the village’s protector; the Tet Pole-rising ceremony; three region folk singing and so on at Kim Ngan Communal House at No.40-42 Hang Bac Street.

Folk performances will take place at Hanoi Old Quarter's Center for Cultural Exchange at No.50 Dao Duy Tu Street in Hoan Kiem District. Photo: The Hanoi Old Quarter's Center for Cultural Exchange

In addition, artists from art troupes in the provinces of Bac Lieu, Thua Thien-Hue and Thanh Hoa, and Haiphong City, among others, will also perform at the outdoor stages at the pedestrian zone around Hoan Kiem Lake.  

To have a better knowledge about the Tet Holiday, people should visit Thang Long Imperial Citadel to admire artifacts and objects with the theme of Vietnamese traditional lunar new year rituals that are on display at the “Royal Spring in the Palace” exhibition.

There are various rituals that Vietnamese usually practice on the first day of the lunar year, including “xong dat” or home visits on the first day of the year, preparing a feast to venerate ancestors, visiting pagodas, collecting fresh tree branches, or buying salt for fortune, among others, aiming to promote the value of Thang Long Imperial Citadel - a UNESCO World Heritage site.