The week following the Kitchen Gods ceremony is the busiest week of the year as people tidy and clean up the houses in the belief that this will sweep away any bad luck from the old year. With the utmost care and devotion to the ancestors, my mother was always the one responsible for cleaning the altar, to ensure that none of the objects broke and the incense bowl did not move, even if it were only 0.001 millimeter. (According to Vietnamese belief, moving incense bowl is blasphemous act to ancestors and bad luck might come to the family in the coming year). Meanwhile, cleaning the living room and kitchen will be done by my father and three sisters of us. … [Read more...] about Tet in a Hanoi family: Out with the old, in with the new
Xian buddhist pagoda
Starting any year on the right foot is a crucial skill here in rocking Vietnam. Particularly that custom of who comes to your house first from the beginning of the New Lunar Year and the next day and the day after that. Then come the gifts and visits to the temples and pagodas, the praying for good luck and of course, checking your own luck! … [Read more...] about Happy Lunar New Year from Vietnam!
Festival features Tam Coc in golden rice fields Tourists are being lured to enjoy the golden fields by the mountains of Hoa Lu District at the start of the Ninh Binh Tourism Week 2019 which kicked off on Saturday. … [Read more...] about Ninh Binh’s time to shine
Hang, 35, a train barrier operator in Thu Duc District, offers a traditional meal to her ancestors on the last day of the year. In her career of 15 years, Hang has never had the chance to reunite with her family during Tet in northern Hung Yen Province. "We cannot leave our station when on duty. We are not allowed to sleep either." … [Read more...] about Vietnam welcomes Year of the Rat
A man sells salt at the entrance of Quán Sứ Pagoda, one of the most holy pagodas in Hà Nội. People often buy salt to wish for good luck in the beginning of the year while they buy lime to wash off bad luck at the end of the year. … [Read more...] about The first day in Lunar New Year