Hundreds of representatives from 54 ethnic groups throughout the
country took part the opening ceremony of the National Great Unity – Vietnamese
Cultural Heritage Week on November 15 in Ba Vi District on the outskirts of Ha
Organised by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the week is planned to
celebrate Viet Nam Cultural Heritage Day (November 23). It also seeks to
strengthen the unity between all 54 Vietnamese ethnic groups and honour their
Addressing the ceremony, Nguyen Thien Nhan, a Politburo member and Chairman of
the Viet Nam Fatherland Front Central Committee, noted that national solidarity
was an important tradition and has been continuously strengthened and developed
to become a valuable cultural heritage of the Vietnamese people, which created
great strength that helped the entire nation achieve many victories over the
thousands of years of its history.
He stressed that this solidarity has become a strong source of power to help the
country further develop, adding that the event was a meaningful celebration to
enhance national solidarity, and reminded all Vietnamese people to pass down
those values to the next generation.
The ceremony was followed by an art programme where some 280 artists delivered
performances that included themes of national solidarity, as well as tangible
and intangible heritages across the country. It also featured folk tunes and
dances staged by ethnic performers.
Also, a series of exhibitions displaying photos, documents and objects
spotlighting the nation's great solidarity were opened yesterday.
On the same day, a model of the Cai Rang floating market in the Mekong Delta
Province of Can Tho was opened at the cultural village. A string of other
Vietnamese cultural extravaganzas will also take place during the week.
Traditional ceremonies and festivals will be re-enacted during the week, such as
the le cau mua (praying for rain) ritual of the Kho Mu, AzaKooh festival
(praying for bumper crop) of Ta Oi; the wedding ceremony of San Chay and the
hair-washing festival of the Thai.
The week will also include a photo exhibition to showcase peoples' lives,
natural landscapes, and their cultural heritages.
One-hundred photos on the lotus symbol in Vietnamese culture will also be
displayed, depicting daily life, Buddhism, streets, cuisine and ao dai
(traditional long dress).
Additionally, hundreds of travel agents will attend the week to promote tourism
in the village, which sees to draw 250,000 visitors per year.
The celebration will continue through November 23.
Yesterday, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong attended the National Great
Unity festival with local residents in Dan Phuong District on the outskirt of Ha
Noi, which is one among those areas that have successfully built a new-style