Cultural events across Vietnam welcome spring

The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology presented a program Sunday featuring the culture of Bac Giang province � Quan ho folk singing, folk games, and traditional foods, as well as Tet specialties like chung cakes, calligraphy, and Dong Ho folk paintings.

The ancient town of Hoi An organized a festival to mark the death anniversary of the founder of Kim Bong carpentry village. This carpentry was started in the 15th century by carpenters from northern Vietnam and flourished in the 18th century.

The festival includes industry, agriculture, and fisheries, not just carpentry. In the past Kim Bong carpentry ranked first among these occupations and 65% of the village population was engaged in carpentry. But now people have shifted to other jobs like bricklaying and fishing, said carpenter Huynh Ry of Kim Bong village.

One million people visited the Spring Flower Festival in Ho Chi Minh city during the Lunar New Year holiday. The 12-day event, which closed Sunday night, showcased more than 3,000 flower and herb species.

This year's Festival was more beautiful than in previous years. There were plenty of flowers and the environment was clean and safe, said visitor Huynh Kim Phuong.

More than 60,000 tourists visited the Marble Mountains (Ngu Hanh Son) near Da Nang city during the Lunar New Year holiday.

My family visits the ancient temples in Ngu Hanh Son every year to pray for good luck, said Vo Thi Phuong, a visitor from Nam Dinh province.

The Marble Mountains, a cluster of five marble and limestone mountains, have been designated a special national relic. The site expects to receive 2 million tourists this year.

Source: VOV5