HCMC - Meo Vac is a small town in the extreme north of Vietnam, close to the Chinese border, that stretches out as far as the eye can see. It’s an unavoidable stop behind the massive limestone mountains surrounding this region of the increasingly popular Ha Giang loop.
The indoor section of Meo Vac Market full of food stalls – PHOTOS: ADRIEN JEAN
My first passage in Meo Vac left me quite indifferent. After the magnificent 22 kilometers of zigzags through the mountains of Ma Pi Leng Pass, I found Meo Vac a bit dull. I got feeling of crossing a ghost town that would make a perfect setting for a post-apocalyptic movie. But this was before discovering the very bustling Sunday market on my second visit.
Every Sunday, Meo Vac market gathers the ethnic groups of this remote area in northern Vietnam. At that time, the town takes on a whole new look for an open-air theater. The area’s different ethnic groups, including Lolos, Daos and H’mongs, drape themselves in their most beautiful traditional costumes to turn the town into one of the most colorful rendezvous in Vietnam. Vegetables, fruits, medicinal plants, rice or corn alcohol, kitchen tools, clothes, cow or a chubby pig… There is nothing you cannot find in this market. The local ethnic groups do not only meet for business, but also share the latest news of their village or take one (or a few) drinks together.
Clothing booths in the market’s indoor section
Women sewing and selling clothes
Women sewing and selling clothes
A group of women selling rice alcohol
A group of men is selling dry fish and sharing a good moment
On February 16, the Bauman Moscow State Technical University in Russia organized an exciting event called "Vietnamese Day." This program aimed to promote cultural diversity and foster an exchange of ideas and experiences in the realms of art, food, and overall Vietnamese culture. Attendees had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the vibrant and rich heritage of Vietnam through various activities and exhibitions. The event acted as a bridge between different cultures, allowing participants to forge meaningful connections and gain a deeper understanding of Vietnam's traditions. "Vietnamese Day" was a resounding success, highlighting the beauty and allure of Vietnamese culture while fostering cross-cultural appreciation and unity among the diverse student community at Bauman Moscow State Technical University.
On February 24, State President Vo Van Thuong participated in the inauguration of the "spring festival in all regions of the country" held at the Vietnam National Village for Ethnic Culture and Tourism in Hanoi.
In spite of the rainy weather, numerous markets in Hanoi were bustling with shoppers looking for items to offer during Tet Nguyen Tieu, which is the first full moon of the year. This activity began early in the morning on February 24th.
On February 23rd, the seal opening ceremony was held at Tran Temple in Nam Dinh province. This auspicious event, which took place on the 14th night of the first lunar month, drew in a massive crowd of pilgrims from far and wide. Thousands of people gathered to witness the ceremony and join in the festivities.
State President Vo Van Thuong participated in the inauguration ceremony of the Spring Colors Festival, which took place on February 24 at the Vietnam National Village for Ethnic Culture and Tourism in Hanoi.