Technically, it’s not the Year of the Rat until tomorrow, but for us, the celebration has started since last week, after the Kitchen God’s farewell ceremony on the 23rd day of the 12th lunar month (in Vietnamese mythology, each household has a kitchen god, and a week before the New Year, he will return to Heaven to report on the family’s activities to the Jade Emperor, who will reward or punish the family accordingly, so every family has to offer the Kitchen God a great feast in the hope that he’ll put in a good word for them.) I’m helping my family to prepare for New Year’s Eve, so here are some photos of a New Year flower market for you guys to enjoy. Regular posting will resume next week; see you then!
Happy Lunar New Year! It’s the Year of the Dog, so here is a picture of my dog looking all prim and proper and not her usual goofy self:
And some shots of the celebration and decorations:
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have food to eat and packing to do. There will be SIA posts up next week, so stay tuned!
It’s not the Year of the Rooster until tomorrow, but I know I would be too busy celebrating (i.e. stuffing my face), so here are some photos from yesterday’s Lunar New Year market that I went with my sister. This year, my dad was so busy that all of our preparations were done beforehand, so there wasn’t that exciting rush in the few days leading up to the New Year. To make up for it, my sister and I decided to go to the Old Quarter to check out the traditional market there – not because we needed to buy anything, but because we simply wanted to bask in that atmosphere. It was quite fun, but insanely crowded. I probably wouldn’t brave it if my sister hadn’t insisted.
So anyway, Happy the Year of the Rooster! I’ll be back next week with (hopefully) a couple of outfit posts!
You know how I often complain that Vietnam doesn’t have enough food-based holidays? I think I know why now. It’s because the Lunar New Year is like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the Super Bowl all rolled into one. I’m currently stuffing my face and have been for the last three days or so. We had kind of a pre-New Year feast last weekend (when we made the rice cakes), we had one last night (for New Year’s Eve), we had one today (for New Year), and we’re going to have another one the day after tomorrow (for the end of the Lunar New Year holiday). So please, enjoy the photos of the feasts, the spring flowers in our garden, and the firework display, while I go sleep this off.
The last in the Lunar New Year posts is some pictures of the fireworks (we’re lucky to live close to the National Stadium where the biggest firework display is), and of course, the most important part of any holiday (in my opinion, at least) – the food. I was lucky I remembered to take photos of the food at all before they were all consumed. Sorry they look kinda like stock photos with no people – my family are all camera-shy I’m afraid 🙂
And that’s it! Happy the year of the Snake!