Hanoi calligraphy festival set to run during Tet
Update: Jan 11, 2023
The annual spring calligraphy festival will kick off at the Literature Lake, part of the Van Mieu-Quoc Tu Giam (Temple of Literature), on January 15 after a two-year hiatus related to the development of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Le Xuan Kieu, director of the Van Mieu–Quoc Tu Giam Cultural and Scientific Centre, said the festival is to promote traditional culture and preserve the unique calligraphic art.

This year will see the festival draw the participation of 50 calligraphers who are members of calligraphic clubs based in the capital.

The calligraphers will don Ao Dai (the national long dress) and will sit in bamboo tents following the traditions of the past.

Working on red or yellow Do (poonah) paper, they will write scripts which are intended to bring good health, luck, and prosperity for those in attendance.

The festival will also provide check-in spots for visitors to pose for photographs.

Furthermore, traditional crafts such as pottery, paper making, embroidery, and wood carving will be showcased to help introduce Vietnamese culture to local and foreign visitors.

Folk performances including Quan Ho (love duet singing) and water puppetry will also be available on this occasion.

The festival will last through to January 29, or the eighth day of the first lunar month.

VOV - english.vov.vn - January 10, 2023
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