“Tet Comes, Come Back To The Crescent To Enjoy Spring Flowers Festival”
These words seem to be quite familiar with spring visitors in Ho Chi Minh City. Since Dragon Year 2012, when Phu My Hung Spring Flowers Festival was upgraded with the theme Dragon Tet and the ideas of Spring Road, Spring Garden, Spring Wharf, Spring Contribution were formed, the echo of Phu My Hung Spring Flowers Festival has spread everywhere. In Horse Year 2014, the theme “Aquatic Plants and Flowers” really caused surprise to spectators. In Sheep Year 2015, the love for homeland was deepened with the theme “Harvest Season”...
This Monkey Year is similar, the theme “Back to the Village” arouses the love for homeland among fragrance of flowers and grass of the country overflowing with the love for motherland. And what you will find in this “Back to the Village” festival? There will be many highlights with miniatures on spring roads this year.
The village gate of the North
A small country road undulating in the countryside of the North, bypassing some mounds lush with green grass and yellow flowers, suddenly in front of spring visitors appears a village gate which is quiet, full of moss, old with stained walls. The village gate, which witnesses many ups and downs and seems to represent the dignity as well as the order of the village, is still standing in the flow of time.
The restored miniatures will bring the spirit of the village gate on the day one comes back as expressed by 4 lines of Bang Ba Lan:
Today though far away,
But when coming to the banyan tree,
Then so many dreamy scenes
Appear when seeing the village gate among the bamboo.
The water wheel of the rural Central
Going along the national road through the Central in the time not very far, about the 70s, 80s of the previous century, we often see the giant water wheels located along the rivers, especially the huge water wheel on the Tra Khuc River in Quang Ngai province. Because the rivers of the Central from the Truong Son pour down the plain very steeply, the water flows very strongly, and in the condition that the river level is lower than the field border in the summer, the water wheels work effectively: to take advantage of this flow to pump water into the field, to do irrigation work.
Thus, the water wheel gradually becomes a cultural feature of the Central and from there it enters poetry and music, as Van Dong with the song “Remembering the water wheel”, Nguyen Viet Lam with the line, “the river wheel raises water in the summer afternoon”, or Truong Quang Luc with the lyric: Song of the water wheel by the Tra Khuc river...
Fishnet and watch tower on the river of the South
Those who grew up in the generous South with a crisscross of rivers cannot forget the fishnet. In the memory of a person of the South exists this image: “My house in Hau Giang had a fishnet about the size of a net placed just in the small canal in front of my house. Pulling up the fishnet, we caught a lot of fish that we couldn’t eat all. My parents made pickled fish, salted fish and fish silage and in dry season they brought the fish products to the row boats to send to the market and to sell retail. I grew up and was brought up by the grain of my homeland and the pickled “linh” fish full of rural smell together with the boundless love of my parents ... By October lunar calendar, the “linh” fish were big enough, about the size of a thumb, with blue backs, round and flat bodies, light yellow fins and tails, small silver scales. Fishermen, farmers along the rivers and canals caught “linh” fish by many means, such as fishnets, nets, dropping nets, casting nets...”
Other memory reminds somebody of the fishnet and the high water season: “Each year, at the end of May lunar calendar, flood water from upstream of the Mekong flows into An Giang, in July the water overflows the river bank and banks of canals, into the fields bringing a lot of species of freshwater shrimp and fish, often referred to as young fish, which will grow rapidly thanks to natural food, such as snakehead, catfish, eel, chen fish, perch, he fish, me vinh fish, ec fish, me hoi fish, shrimp, crabs, snails ... People in An Giang have a lot of ways of catching fish depending on the condition of each family; they can use “fixed fishnet” put fixedly along the river or canal, let the net sink to the bottom of the river or canal, wait long for the fish to move in, pull up and catch the fish.”
Monkeys in Rung Sat biosphere reserve
When the Monkey Year comes, we think of the monkey and then remember our “monkey neighbor” in the Biosphere Reserve of Can Gio.
Located 50km from HCMC to the south, Can Gio District is one of the ideal place of ecotourism for many tourists. From a deserted area devastated by war in the past, now, Can Gio mangrove forest is considered as one of the most beautiful forests in Southeast Asia and is recognized by UNESCO as the “biosphere reserve of the world”.
Here, visitors will bathe in fresh air, unspoiled nature, watch the beauty of the bodies and roots of the mangroves in the forest, and particularly relax, play with mischievous monkeys at Lam Vien resort, usually known as Monkey Island.
On weekdays, there are about 400 to 500 visitors to the "Monkey Island", while at weekends the number of visitors rises to nearly 1,000-1,500 people.
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