Students from schools in Ha Noi will learn about the traditional new year customs and rituals during a programme called Discovering Tet held yesterday at the Viet Nam Museum of Ethnology.
|Hop, skip and jump: Mua sap (bamboo pole dance) is one among many folk games to be organised at the New Year festival at the Viet Nam Museum of Ethnology. — VNA/ VNS Photo Anh Tuan|
Students will explore Tet through a number of activities such as making banh chung (square glutinous rice cake), calligraphy, Dong Ho paintings and folk games.
On February 13-14, the museum will organise the Year of the Monkey Festival with diversified activities introducing Tet.
This year's programme will introduce visitors to the culture of the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum via dances and instrumental music of the local ethnic groups such as Brau, Bana and Xo Dang.
Central Highlands cuisine will also form part of the programme on this occasion, featuring traditional dishes by ethnic groups in Kon Tum Province, including goi la (various kinds of herbs and vegetable dipped in sauce), xoi mang (bamboo sprout with glutinous rice), dried beef, salted ant eggs, bamboo-tube rice and ruou can (wine drunk from jar through pipes).
Traditional dancing and folk games of some ethnic groups and the Thai cuisine in the northern province of Yen Bai will also be staged.
After a fireworks display to welcome the new year on February 13, people will gather around a camping fire and listen to elders who will tell Central Highlands' tales.