The Vietnam Exhibition Centre will present a traditional Tet market. (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) - Cultural activities featuring traditional Tet (Lunar New Year) activities and a special organic produce market will be held at a Spring Festival in downtown Hanoi from February 2-8.

The Vietnam Exhibition Centre of Culture and Art will present food and art to prepare for Tet celebration, such as banh chung (square glutinous cake), tea, lanterns, calligraphy, flowers and mam ngu qua (a set of five kinds of fruits).

Duong Van Quynh, director of the centre, said artisans from traditional craft villages nationwide would display their skills. They would introduce paper flowers from Thanh Tien village (Hue), silverwork  from Chau Khe village (Hai Duong), bamboo dragonflies from Thach That district (Hanoi) and conical hats from Chuong village, Thanh Oai district (Hanoi).

An exhibition of 100 photos will introduce cultural heritage, nature and the traditional celebrations of Vietnamese people.

A space will also feature how Vietnamese celebrated Lunar New Year in the past.

This is the Year of the Dog, an animal in the Asian zodiac that is compatible with Tiger and the Horse, so the exhibition will recall historical events that happened in Dog years and famous people born in past Dog years.

Visitors will be able to buy organic produce organised by the exporting ANA Vietnam Company, and precious stones from members of the Vietnam Gemstones Association.

Visitors will be able to enjoy New Year cuisine area with specialties cooked in small huts with leaf roofs.

Artists will also perform at the event. They will be from the Tuoi Tre (Youth) Theatre, the Vietnam Music, Dance and Songs Theatre, the Vietnam Circus Federation, the Vietnam Cheo (Traditional Operetta) Theatre and the Vietnam Central Puppetry Theatre.

The festival will be held from 9am to 9pm at the Vietnam Exhibition, Culture and Art Centre, 2 Hoa Lu street, Hanoi. - VNA