Dong Ho Painting is a kind of Vietnamese folk painting originating in Dong Ho Village in Song Ho Commune, Thuan Thanh District, Bac Ninh Province. Dong Ho paintings have about 300 years of history in the north of Vietnam. Dong Ho pictures are printed on a special kind of Dzo paper. The printing paper is made of bark of a tree called "Dzo". Artists use pine leave brushes to coat Dzo paper with sea bivalve mollusk powder to create a sparkling colorful background. Colors of the painting are refined from various kinds of tree leaves, which people can easily find in Vietnam. Traditional artists use all-natural colors for their pictures: burnt bamboo leaves for black, cajuput leaves for green, copper rust for blue, pine resin for amber, and crushed egg shells mixed with paste for white. The painting is covered by a layer of sticky rice paste to protect the painting and their colors. They are so long lasting, so that it is very difficult to make them dimmer even time or daylight.
For the Bac Ninh people, festivals not only allow them to highlight their own village's specialties, such as ceramics, folk painting, wrestling, kite parades, or bird contest, among a great many other things, but also their common prized heritage, the "Quan Ho" singing tradition.
In Vietnam, "Banh Phu The" is a special cake, which symbolizes the loyalty of a husband and wife. The conjugal cake is normally served at Vietnamese weddings and used as a wedding invitation or taken by the man's family to the woman's family on engagement day. The stickiness of the cake is said to signify the stickiness of the marriage ties. Traditionally, a guy would offer these to the girl he wants to marry. Now these cakes are still an essential part of a wedding banquet, or the gift packages that the groom's family sends over to the bride's.
Bac Ninh is not only famous for its beautiful landscape but also for the homeland of specialties and handicraft villages holding the national traditional cultural values. Typically, these local products of handicraft villages can be listed such as: Phu Lang Pottery, Dong Ho Painting and Dong Ky Wood.
Bac Ninh is not only famous for its beautiful landscape but also for the homeland of specialties and handicraft villages holding the national traditional cultural values. Typically, these local products can be listed such as: "Banh Phu The" (Phu The cake) and "Quan Ho" songs.