Vietnamese New year - Have you ever?
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Local farmers market: Spring is a season of laden fruits, ripe and fresh. They are sold everywhere: mangoes, oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, watermelons… Delicious fresh vegetables are selected to cook delicious food for this family. On the altar of our ancestors, there is always a tray of five fruits: custard apple, coconut, papaya, mango, figs, meaning the five elements and fortune. At the same time, there are Tet cakes for the South, Banh chung of the North, and pickled cabbage, pickled leeks…
Watch fireworks: big cities like Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Da Nang, Can Tho, Will organize fireworks displays. Hanoi has 6 high-level fireworks locations: Hoan Kiem Lake area (Hoan Kiem district); Lac Long Quan flower garden (Tay Ho district); My Dinh Stadium (Nam Tu Liem District); Thong Nhat Park (Hai Ba Trung District); Ho Van Quan (Ha Dong district); Son Tay ancient citadel (Son Tay town). Ho Chi Minh City will organize high-level fireworks at the top of the Saigon River tunnel (Thu Thiem Ward, District 2) and the tallest Landmark building in Vietnam at Ward 22, Binh Thanh District.
Understanding the spiritual life: The life of the local people is not only concerned about family members who are alive, but also those who have passed away. During this holiday, Vietnamese not only go to the temples, to worship the gods to pray for peace and prosperity, but also visit and clean and cut the grass in the cemetery. They will bring fragrant incense, flowers and fruits to those places. On the 23th day of the 12th lunar month, the Vietnamese also perform a very special ceremony; they burn votive candles and send off their 3 Kitchen’s Gods to heaven, riding on a freed carp, to report on how the host family have lived that last year. (If you would like to know the full and fascinating story of the 3 Kitchen Gods, just google 3 Kitchen Gods Vietnam).
Choose a hotel at least near the center of Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Danang. During our Holidays or New Year, it’s a great time for you to walk around during the day. You also do not have to worry about finding restaurants and bars. Tet is a very important event for Vietnam, if you want to know more about our country. Don’t forget to review Sagomeko’s articles on exploring Mekong and Saigon.
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Meanwhile, Happy New Year and here’s wishing you Good Luck, Good Fortune and Good Fun during the year of the Mouse.