Countless people headed to the Tran temple in Nam Dinh city, the northern province of Nam Dinh for t he seal opening ceremony starting on the night of February 13 (the 14th of the first lunar month). The ceremony was a re-enactment of a custom dating back to the Tran dynasty (1225-1400), when mandarins of the imperial administration took out their seals to resume administrative activities after the Tet holidays. It has become a tradition for Vietnamese people to head to the temple to get replica seals in hope for good luck and happiness. The event started with a procession participated by over 100 local residents to carry the seal from the Co Trach temple, which is dedicated to Tran Hung Dao, the Supreme Commander of Vietnam during the Tran Dynasty, to the Thien Truong temple, where 14 kings of the Tran Dynasty are worshipped. On the 15th and 16th days of the first lunar month, an array of traditional cultural and sport activities like lion and dragon dancing, Cheo singing (popular opera), Chau Van singing, human chess, wrestling and martial arts performance will be held at the temple. The same day, at the Tran Thuong temple in Ly Nhan district in neighbouring Ha Nam province, a food-distributing festival was also held to pray for a bumper crop and favourable weather. During the festival, about 100,000 food parcels, which contain corn, soya bean, and sticky rice – key staples produced by Ly Nhan residents – are to be handed out….