Though the country has since 1995 banned the sale and use of fireworks and other explosive pyrotechnic devices among the public over safety concerns, many local governments including Ho Chi Minh City continue to put up annual fireworks shows to entertain citizens, as permitted by law. … [Read more...] about Ho Chi Minh City confirms first Tet fireworks over Vietnam’s tallest building
Phan Phu Lo in Tan Bien hamlet said, “The La Hu celebrate the traditional New Year festival for a whole month. Hamlets celebrate Tet in different weeks, so they have time to visit their neighbor’ celebration. Guests and hosts always exchange New Year’s gifts to deepen their relationship.” … [Read more...] about Tet of ethnic groups
After the heavy duty of house cleaning is well done, one of the most joyful parts of Tet is coming: shopping for Tet. For me, Tet markets are always a feast for senses. Mom and three sisters of us get there very early in the morning to buy the best and freshest food and other produce. Essential purchases include sticky rice to make banh chung (a squared sticky rice cake stuffed with mung beans and pork), pork, beef, a rooster and flowers. A blossoming peach branch or tree, or a kumquat tree full of fruits, is traditionally chosen to decorate house by Hanoians during Tet, as they are symbols of prosperity in the new year to come. Dad usually bought a branch of blossoming peach or a small tree of kumquat randomly for each year; or he would buy both if he had enough money. … [Read more...] about Tet in a Hanoi family: Out with the old, in with the new
“Whether we can awaken the potential and turn it into our resources for national construction and defence depends on the will of the entire Party and nation as well as of each Vietnamese,” the Party and State leader said, expressing his belief that the country would gain greater achievements in 2020. – VNS … [Read more...] about Party, State leader sends New Year wishes to all Vietnamese
The rat (I mean mouse…) goes first in the zodiac 12-year cycle as we start the third decade of the 21st century. I hope that’s significant in a good way! Although most of us don’t believe in horoscopes and even less in Eastern zodiac horoscopes it’s still fun to check them out, so in case you’re wondering and you happen to know your Vietnamese birth year – here’s a quick rundown. … [Read more...] about Happy Lunar New Year from Vietnam!