Christmas celebration in the US

Christmas celebration in the US

12/29/2016 - 15:38

(VOVworld) - Christmas is an occasion that has been celebrated across the world. People from the US particularly have developed their own Christmas traditions and observances, and these have changed greatly over time. So today we will talk to Charles Jensen, an English teacher from the US, to see how his family prepares for Christmas now and then.

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Rugby – the pride of New Zealand

Rugby – the pride of New Zealand

12/22/2016 - 15:55

(VOVworld) – If football players around the world sing their national anthem before a match, rugby players in New Zealand perform the Haka, their traditional war dance. Rugby and Haka have become the pride of New Zealand thanks to their uniqueness and vigor. Let’s learn more about this legendary dance with Amber Harris, a New Zealand teacher, who has been...

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Hangi - New Zealand’s traditional specialty

Hangi - New Zealand’s traditional specialty

12/20/2016 - 17:53

(VOVworld) – Have you ever eaten food that is cooked under-ground with no pan, no fire, and no spice? New Zealand people do that with Hangi - their traditional food. Let’s find out more about this special style of cooking with Amber Harris, a New Zealand teacher living in Vietnam, in this week’s Culture Rendezvous edition.

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Bonfire Night traditions in Britain

Bonfire Night traditions in Britain

11/30/2016 - 13:20

(VOVworld) – November 5th is the day when Britons everywhere celebrate Bonfire Night or The Guy Fawkes Night. The event is accompanied by firework displays, the lighting of bonfires and the ceremonial burning of Guy Fawkes. What is the meaning of the event and why is it so widely celebrated across Britian? Today we will talk with Stella Ciorra from...

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New Zealand water rafting – adventurous in the most exciting way

New Zealand water rafting – adventurous in the most exciting way

11/22/2016 - 11:53

(VOVworld) – Do you want to be in a raft going down an angry river, with water splashing on your face? Do you want to experience a sky full of stars inside a dark cave? If yes, we’ll take you on a tour to New Zealand, the capital of adventure, in VOV24/7’s Culture Rendezvous segment. This week, we’ll meet Amber...

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Photographer Tewfic El-Sawy on hầu đồng, a practice of spirit mediumship in Vietnam

Photographer Tewfic El-Sawy on hầu đồng, a practice of spirit mediumship in Vietnam

11/17/2016 - 16:44

(VOVworld) – Hầu đồng, or "going into trance" ceremony, is a ritual of spirit mediumship practiced among followers of Đạo Mẫu - a Vietnamese indigenous mother goddess religion. Captured by its artistic elements, New York based photographer Tewfic El-Sawy has spent the last 2 years to do a photo project about this ancient tradition of Vietnam. In today’s Culture Rendezvous,...

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Bungy jumping – the craziest in New Zealand

Bungy jumping – the craziest in New Zealand

11/7/2016 - 14:38

(VOVworld) – If you feel that horror films are not scary enough, if you are bored of the air glider in the park, just go to the top of the tallest building and jump off. You will definitely feel awesome. I’m not kidding. I’m talking about Bungy jumping, the most famous adventure sport from New Zealand. Let’s find out more...

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Halloween Eve: when the fun is not limited to children

Halloween Eve: when the fun is not limited to children

11/3/2016 - 16:05

(VOVworld) - Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity, life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. Thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic people, Halloween has evolved from a set of customs to ward off roaming ghosts into a community event characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating. Today we will talk...

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Movies: A Connection To The American Culture

Movies: A Connection To The American Culture

10/25/2016 - 15:22

(VOVworld) - The American film industry, often referred to as Hollywood as the name of its birthplace, is considered the most dominant force in the world’s modern cinema industry. Just the word “Hollywood” itself conjures up visions of movie stars, Oscar nights and huge blockbusters. It’s believed that films can be an interesting and fun way to learn about the...

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Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann– the biggest festival of music in Ireland

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann– the biggest festival of music in Ireland

10/25/2016 - 10:10

(VOVworld) – Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is the biggest festival of music in Ireland where musicians, singers, and dancers, compete to achieve the recognition of being the All-Ireland Champion. It is an event full of fun to be enjoyed. Today VOV will talk to Stein Carpenter, an Irish teacher who lives in Hanoi, about this fantastic festival.

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The guide to exploring Dutch food culture

The guide to exploring Dutch food culture

10/12/2016 - 11:26

(VOVworld) - Although the Netherlands is not known for its cuisine, there's much more to Dutch food than just raw herring. Without many refinements, the food culture here is best described as rustic and simple. To Julia Van Herwaarden, a Dutch volunteer teacher at Hanoi University and also our guest on this week’s Culture Rendezvous, there are many delicious Dutch...

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Zumba non-stop party in Hanoi

Zumba non-stop party in Hanoi

10/11/2016 - 17:02

(VOVworld) – For the first time ever, Hanoians have been wowed by the largest-ever Zumba party around the Lý Thái Tổ Statue on Sunday night. Thousands of people gathered at walking street until mid-night to celebrate the 4th birthday anniversary of LaZum3 club, the first and biggest Zumba community in Vietnam, to dance, to swing, and experience a fantastic art-form....

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Israeli contemporary dance – ArtLana duo

Israeli contemporary dance – ArtLana duo

10/11/2016 - 15:02

(VOVworld) – Dancing has been regarded as an integral part of religious, national, community, and family celebrations of the Jewish people. In VOV24/7’s “Culture Rendezvous” this week, we will talk to ArtLana, an Israeli duo about Israeli contemporary dance, which has won international acclaims.

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Kimjang culture of making and sharing Kimchi

Kimjang culture of making and sharing Kimchi

9/20/2016 - 16:57

(VOVworld) – Kimjang is the most typical example of food culture in the Republic of Korea. In Korean, Kimjang means making large quantities of Kimchi. In 2013, UNESCO recognized Kimjang as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity, which promotes solidarity among Korean people. In today’s Culture Rendezvous, we will introduce to you Kimjang, the special Korean culture of making and...

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Chuseok: the Korean Thanksgiving holiday

Chuseok: the Korean Thanksgiving holiday

9/13/2016 - 15:19

(VOVworld) - Chuseok, or the annual thanksgiving holiday, is the second biggest event after Lunar New Year Festival in Korea. Korean people visit relatives and ancestral graves during the celebration, which will fall on September 15th this year. Today, we meet with Suzie Lee, a supervisor from Edelman Korea, Global communication marketing firm, to learn more about this tradition of...

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Vietnamese youths’ passion for Yosakoi – Japanese traditional summer dance

Vietnamese youths’ passion for Yosakoi – Japanese traditional summer dance

9/8/2016 - 11:07

(VOVworld) - What do you often expect to see at a Japanese festival? Cherry blossoms, girls in kimonos, cos-players, or sushi trays? Have you ever paid attention to lively stages on which hundreds of dancers wear eye-catching uniforms and always smile? This week’s Culture Rendezvous will introduce to you a unique Japanese summer dance called Yosakoi. Let’s see how popular...

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The Tomatina Tomato-throwing Festival of the Spanish

The Tomatina Tomato-throwing Festival of the Spanish

8/22/2016 - 14:34

(VOVworld) La Tomatina festival, a tomato throwing festival, is held on the last Wednesday of August each year in the town of Bunol in Valencia Province, Spain.

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Indian Yoga - the magic art

Indian Yoga - the magic art

8/9/2016 - 18:28

(VOVworld) - India was set to lead the world in celebrating the first International Day of Yoga on June 21, 2015. How can this exercise attract great attention from a huge number of participants all over the world? Today VOV talks to Master Raja Rajendra Gupta from Mumbai, India, teacher of Yoga in Shivom Yoga Club in Hanoi, who has...

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Wine - the pride of the French

Wine - the pride of the French

7/19/2016 - 10:36

(VOVworld) - France produces 7 to 8 billion bottles of wine per year, which amounts to 20% of the world’s production. Wine is part of French culture, where buying a bottle is a ceremony and tasting is an art. Let’s find out more in VOV’s Culture Rendezvous about what makes its wine drinking culture the pride of the French.

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The Netherlands – The bicycle heaven of the world

The Netherlands – The bicycle heaven of the world

7/7/2016 - 10:57

(VOVworld) - According to Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management of the Netherlands, there are more bicycles than residents in this country. Here 27% of all trips and 25% of trips to work are made by bike. With more than 18 million bicycles and 1,2 million new ones sold every year, the Netherlands is considered a cyclist’s heaven....

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