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INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN DAY 2011 BEFRIEND SOUTHEAST ASIA

For this year’s International Children Day celebrations, the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is organizing an exciting and action-packed two day festival called “Befriend Southeast Asia.” The event will be held on the 28 & 29 of May 2011 (Saturday & Sunday) from 8.30 to 11.30 and from 14:30 to 18.30.

The “Befriend Southeast Asia” event will focus on raising awareness in the diverse, yet interconnected traditions and cultures of Southeast Asian countries. Vietnamese and Southeast Asian children living in Hanoi take this chance to introduce their cultures to you through music and dance performances, folk games, toy workshops, etc.

There will be the chance to enjoy dance performances from Indonesia (Tari Pendet, Welcome Guests) and Laos (The Sound of Laotian Pan, Beautiful Homeland), as well as performances of Malaysian, Cambodian and Vietnamese songs and dances. In addition, there will be several traditional costume shows from the countries of Brunei, Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Visitors to the museum will have the opportunity to partake in a wide selection of folk games, in which the similarities and differences between Southeast Asian countries are reflected, such as Walking on coconut shells (Laos, Thailand and Indonesia), Pebble board game (Indonesia, Philippine and Vietnam), Jumping over hands and feet (Myanmar, Philippines and Vietnam), Pick–up-sticks (Philippines and Vietnam), Tug-of-war (Thailand and Vietnam), Spinning tops (Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam), and many more. Besides this, there will be many opportunities to play games unique to Southeast Asian countries, such as Stealing turtle eggs (Laos), Pot carrying game (Cambodia), Tag in a Square (Philippines), Put crabs in the basket, Jumping with elastic band, Blindfold art, Hunter and wild ducks (Vietnam).

Children can take part in workshops guiding them to make folk toys using traditional methods and materials, such as toys from leaves (grasshoppers, fish and flowers), bamboo puppets, animals from rolled paper, as well as a workshop on traditional paper fans by the craftsmen from Chang Son, Hanoi.

In addition, children will be invited to enrich their knowledge through exciting activities and games concerning the national flags, cultural heritages and currencies of Southeast Asian countries. By learning through play, the children will enhance their knowledge of cultural information more readily, as well as improving initiative, creativity and team-work skills. They will learn about the flags of 10 Southeast Asian countries by playing games such as Capture the flag, Hunt the flag and Paint the flag. They will also develop their skills of precision and carefulness by drawing with cereal grains to represent scenes of cultural heritage. To learn about currencies, children will play some simple and fun games, and then devise and create their own currency which will develop understanding of the cultural symbols used on currencies.

Finally, the Traditional puzzle games will help children explore the world around them through riddles and activities about trees, fruits, flowers and animals. There will also be an opportunity to try on traditional costumes from Indonesia, Malaysia, Laos, Vietnam, Japan and Korea, as well as have an instant photo taken at several locations in the museum.

This program is assisted by the embassies of Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand.