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Happy Cat Month Posted by on Sep 27, 2021

September is the Happy Cat Month, designated by the CATalyst Council to raise awareness of cat welfare. Although cats have recently been embraced by many families in Vietnam, whether as a pet or a mouser cat, the brutal treatment of cats through the illicit meat trade by trafficker in recent years has continued to rise…

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Mid-Autumn Festival Posted by on Sep 20, 2021

It’s the full moon again. Step outside this evening to view the round and bright moon. Better yet, set a table in a yard and sip some tea while munching on moon cakes and watching the moon with your loved ones. Yes, it’s a special time of the year, especially for children in Vietnam. It’s…

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National Day of Vietnam Posted by on Sep 13, 2021

Every year, the Vietnamese celebrate Lễ Quốc Khánh (National Day) on September 2nd. I was curious to see which countries around the world also celebrate Lễ Quốc Khánh in September. Interestingly, there are many of them such as: Belize, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Mali, Malta, Mexico, Nepal, Nicaragua, Slovakia…

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A Trip to the Library Posted by on Sep 7, 2021

Did you know that September is “National Library Card Sign-up Month”? Time to get your thẻ thư viện (library card) if you don’t have one. We are all familiar with thư viện (library) since we were young because in the United States, whether big or small, there are libraries in every school, university, city, etc…

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Name Your Favorite Flower! Posted by on Aug 30, 2021

A long summer day is not only bright from the full sun, but also with a splash of colorful summer flowers. Flowers come in all shapes and shades of colors. Some carry special meaning and are only used on some special occasions. A bouquet or a basket of flowers is a versatile gift for all…

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Vu Lan & Ghost Festivals Posted by on Aug 23, 2021

Originating from China, the Lễ Vu lan and Cô hồn (Vulan and Ghost festivals) are always on the full moon of the seventh lunar month (July 15) of the year. This year, it falls on Sunday August 22 in the Gregorian calendar. Lễ Vu lan is one of the major Buddhist holidays. Lễ cúng cô…

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Double Seventh Day Festival Posted by on Aug 16, 2021

Looking at the lunar calendar, July 7th falls on Saturday, August 14th in the Gregorian calendar. In Vietnam, this date is called Thất Tịch, which literally means evening of sevens. It is known as the “Asian Valentine Day”. The origin of Lễ Thất Tịch (Double Sevens Festival) is from China, the Qixi festival. Similarly, the…

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