Traditional Tet space on display in Hanoi’s Old Quarter

Saturday, 2018-02-03 12:43:47
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Young artisan Do Dinh Trung making Kim Hoang folk paintings
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NDO – A traditional Tet space, featuring a wide variety of traditional cultural activities, is underway in Hanoi’s Old Quarter from February 2 to 20, promising to offer visitors an opportunity to enjoy a traditional taste of Tet (Vietnamese Lunar New Year).

There is an exhibition of Kim Hoang folk paintings at the Kim Ngan communal temple.

The art of Kim Hoang paintings has been re-established recently and will be showcased for the first time after decades of discontinuity due to most of the woodblocks being lost in a flood in the early 20th century.

The highlight of the exhibition is a painting titled “Khuyen Nghe” depicting an image of ‘Nghe’, which is a fictional creature, with a lion-like head, long tail, and a dog-like body.

The ancestral altars of a typical Hanoian family and rural families in northern Vietnam during the Tet holiday of bygone eras are also being reproduced at Kim Ngan communal temple. There visitors can compare the similarities and differences of how ancestral altars were prepared during the Tet holidays of an urban and a rural family in the northern delta region.

In addition, 100 stone dogs and 60 paintings on the theme of the ‘Dog in Vietnamese life’ are on display at the Old Quarter Cultural Exchange Centre at 50 Dao Duy Tu Street.

Examples of the Tet celebrations of a typical Hanoian family of years past are being recreated at the Heritage House at 87 Ma May Street.

Additionally, there will be performances of traditional musical shows from February 17 - 20, or from the second day to the fifth day of the Lunar New Year.