HMC City says not to grant license for festivals with commercial purpose

The People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City has asked districts’ authorities and relevant departments not giving permission for festivals with commercial or trade purposes and presenting violation of the rules implementing civilized lifestyle.

Pilgrims visit pagoda at the beginning of Lunar New Year.  (Photo: KK)

According to the municipal authorities’ document on tightening management of traditional festivals in 2017, festivals depicting evil activities of brutality and violence, like gambling, practicing superstition, begging, making traffic jam, selling endangered wild animals and among will not be allowed to organize.

Under the document, food services, retail food stores and restaurants have to ensure the safe and sanitary from manufacturing, processing, and holding of food...

The management of local pagodas and temples has to manage donation box and use it for clear purpose; remove non-native statuary or foreign-style objects deemed “unsuited to Vietnamese customs and culture” from spiritual sites; keep relic sites in their original condition in accordance with Law on Cultural Heritage.

By Minh An – Translated by Kim Khanh

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