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Vietnam’s crisis of faith is destroying its festivals

There was a time when festivals were innocent, earnest celebrations, but the destruction of pagodas and temples after independence has drained public spirituality.

Many moons ago, mooncakes were a dark secret

One experienced mooncake-maker in Hanoi has seen the art and craft wax and wane, and do it again.

Hanoi family crafts a dying tradition with hope

A steadily shrinking market has not stopped a Hanoi family from crafting wooden mooncake molds for the last 35 years.
August 21, 2018 | 09:42 am GMT+7

Massive sacred painting on display at Buddhist festival in Vietnam

With 11 million followers, Buddhism is one of the major religions in Vietnam.
March 17, 2018 | 05:46 pm GMT+7

Monks put finishing touches to Vietnam's largest jeweled mandala ahead of grand unveiling

The unveiling of the mandala of Bodhisattva Guanyin this Friday will be attended by Buddhist leader Gyalwang Drukpa.
March 15, 2018 | 07:28 am GMT+7

Fire-dancing tribe exorcise the demons in northern Vietnam

Young men hotfoot it through the flames as part of the Pa Then's spring festival.
March 05, 2018 | 12:17 pm GMT+7

Chaos ensues as hundreds compete for lucky balls at Vietnam festival

Despite requests from the culture ministry, violence still broke out at the traditional spring festival  in norther Phu Tho Province.
March 01, 2018 | 08:41 am GMT+7

Thousands fill temple for Hanoi's largest 'life release' ceremony

More than 5 tons of fish were released into the Red River, carrying blessings and prayers of the people.
February 26, 2018 | 08:44 am GMT+7

Vietnam's controversial pig slaughtering festival returns behind closed doors

The 800-year-old festival has been criticized as barbaric by many Vietnamese and international organizations.
February 22, 2018 | 10:23 am GMT+7

Hanoi to simplify spring festivals to end chaos, violence

Organizers say the holy rituals should not turn into a brutal battle for luck tokens.
January 17, 2018 | 11:24 am GMT+7

Giant dogs to take over Saigon flower street in celebration of Lunar New Year

Nguyen Hue walking street will be transformed into a flowery canine paradise to welcome the Year of the Dog.
December 13, 2017 | 02:30 pm GMT+7

Saigon specters: The haunted backpacker street

Thousands of walking ghosts swept down Bui Vien Street in District 1 as the real party began on Tuesday night.
November 01, 2017 | 10:37 am GMT+7

In unprecedented move, Vietnam names and shames 'offensive' festivals

Many spring festivals descend into chaotic scenes as people battle for position and good luck.
February 16, 2017 | 07:33 pm GMT+7

Roses and balloons fill Hanoi on Valentine's Day

Love is in the air and all over the streets.
February 15, 2017 | 03:51 pm GMT+7

Vietnam praised for less gory version of centuries-old pig slaughter fest

Animals Asia says it will continue to fight ‘until no live animals experience fear and trauma.’
February 08, 2017 | 04:03 pm GMT+7
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