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Travel back in time with Vietnam’s traditional guilds festival

The Imperial Citadel in Hanoi was transformed into a feast of color over the weekend.

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On the morning of October 1, a ceremony paying homage to the first masters of the guilds took place at the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long.

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The most famous guilds took part in the ceremony: the Van Phuc silk guild from Ha Dong, the Bat Trang and Gia Lam pottery guilds and the La Xuyen carpentry guild from Nam Dinh Province.

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The famous porcelain guild from Bat Trang on the other side of the Red River offered visitors a chance to try spinning the wheel themselves.

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With about 30 kiosks selling Hanoian delicacies, the food section also offered insight into local cuisine.

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In keeping with the traditional theme of the festival, age-old games like leaf grasshoppers, bamboo dragonflies, capture the flag and eel catching were organized.
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Along the paths were pictures of the different guilds and their crafts.

pis-travel-back-in-time-with-vietnam-1200x0-2075Flying kites on the sidelines.

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These bamboo tables were the countryside equivalent of the “tra da” places found all over Vietnam these days, and offered a break from the festivities.