“Culture is the spiritual foundation of society, the goal, the motivation for maintaining the country’s sustainable development”. This is one of the clear views that our country has affirmed over the years.
Realizing the importance of cultural values to the country’s young generation, WiFEC organized the “Vietnamese Cultural” project throughout December 2021 to transmit the affluence of our culture and the precious values passed through generations from ancient times.
Vietnam: Great Home
Diversity of Vietnam Lifestyle
Tangible Cultural Heritages
Intangible Cultural Heritages
Viet Nam: Great Home
WiFEC began the project with the topic “Viet Nam: Great Home” on December 3st, 2021. Vietnamese culture’s diversity started with the presence of 54 ethnic groups with specific features of languages and solidarity to establish the country become better and progress together.
The Languages of 54 ethnic groups can be divided into 8 different groups: Viet – Muong, Tay – Thai, Mon – Khmer, Mong – Dao, Kadai, Nam Dao, Han, and Tibetan; they are spoken throughout the regions from the lowlands, flat, midland, or mountainous.
Understanding the importance of multi-ethnic culture, we – especially the future generations, students need to cherish and protect these values so that they can be preserved and promoted afterward. Children who access traditional cultural values at a young age will love our country even more, which is a crucial element of global citizens of the 21st century.
Therefore, WiFEC organized activities to raise awareness of learning through webinar sessions and fun quizzes on the fan page.
Diversity of Vietnam lifestyle
The project was continued with the topic “Diversity of Vietnamese lifestyle” on December 10th, 2021. The diversity of Vietnamese culture is built on the sustainable existence, rich identity, and humanity of indigenous ethnic groups throughout the country from North to South. Manners and customs are the daily activities of people formed throughout history, recognized by a community, become cultural standards of a way of life, and passed down through generations.
Each ethnic group has its own customs that clearly show its culture. For example, the Thai and the Khang people have the Xip Xi Festival to show their love for their homeland and respect for the ancients, held on July 14 every year. Or in the Northwest and Northeast regions, bamboo-tube rice has become a specialty well-known throughout the five continents.
In the Central Highlands, the custom of drinking can have become an indispensable cultural feature in the daily life of the people here. Another famous culture is the custom of capturing the wife of the Mong people in Nghe An, which is mentioned in many works of art; the closest is probably the work “A Phu couple” – writing taught in the literature program of grade 12. Although it’s called “catch”, the couple must have feelings for each other, and every stage is prepared exceptionally delicately. The Mong people not only keep their unique culture and enhance the value of women, but they are not as binding as in the past.
Tangible Culture Heritage
Referring to tangible cultural heritage, Vietnam is proud of Hue Ancient Capital – the magnificent capital in the heart of Hue, Hoi An Ancient Town – once the busiest trading place in Southeast Asia, Thang Long Imperial Citadel – the powerful center of the state in the 13th century and the Citadel of the Ho Dynasty – a military cannon and also a symbol of Imperial power in the East.
Those mentioned above tangible cultural heritages are material products of historical, cultural, and scientific value, including historical-cultural relics, scenic spots, relics, antiquities, and national treasures recognized by UNESCO.
Intangible Culture Heritages
More than that, Vietnam is also known for its intangible cultural heritages – cultural values associated with people and their living environment that contain the community’s wisdom and experience are molded into long-standing values and inherited by successive generations. From traditional musical instruments such as dan bau, dan nhi, and dan T’Rung to the arts of water puppetry, ca tru, or the gong culture of the Central Highlands people.
Until now, we have recognized 13 intangibles as cultural heritages representing humanity and in urgent need of conservation by UNESCO. The North has the Bac Ninh Quan Ho Folk Song, the Central has the Hue Court Music, and the South has the Southern Don Ca Tai Tu Art.
Cultural heritage is a valuable asset of our nation, handed down from generation to generation. They carry essential values about the history and culture of our country. As the age follows their forefathers, understanding these crucial meanings, students can continue the tradition of preserving and protecting those invaluable cultural values.
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