"Banh Chung" - The soul of Vietnamese Lunar New Year (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Two thousand Chung cakes (a cake made from glutinous rice traditionally dedicated to Lunar New Year – Tet) will be made on February 5-7 (the 20th – 22nd day of the 12th lunar month) under a charity programme to help the poor.

The programme will be carried out at the Vietnamese Ethnic Groups Culture-Tourism Village in Son Tay district, Hanoi, with funding contributed by philanthropists.

The cakes, together with 1,000 confectionery boxes will be presented to needy people, ethnic minority people and disaster victims in the central province of Thua Thien – Hue and the northern mountainous province of Lai Chau.

The Vietnamese Ethnic Groups Culture-Tourism Village will also host a variety of activities to welcome the Year of the Dog,

including a ceremony to erect Cay Neu (a tall bamboo tree with decorations used to ward off evil spirits during Tet), an old tradition to show respect to gods and pray for a peaceful and happy new year.

The village has been holding traditional Tet activities every year with the aim of promoting the cultural identities of Vietnamese people to both domestic and foreign visitors, contributing to the preservation and promotion of the country’s traditional values.

The event is also a good opportunity to educate young people about their responsibility in preserving and developing the traditional culture. -VNA