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!
It’s the Lunar New Year holiday here in Vietnam, and in the spirit of the Year of the Pig, I’m taking the rest of the week off to stuff my face and lounge around doing nothing. See you guys next Monday!
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!
The Lunar New Year is technically over, but I’m still on break (one of the great things about teaching – you get longer holidays), so things are going to be pretty quiet around here this week and next. In the meantime, please enjoy a few snapshots of the Lunar New Year (there aren’t a lot of food photos because I was too busy eating!)
And that’s it. Happy Year of the Monkey!
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.
Just some random photos of the flowers inside and outside our house. It has been unusually warm lately, so all the flowers are in bloom, and that was all the decoration we needed for the Lunar New Year celebration.
Anyway, the break is winding down, and everybody is going back to work tomorrow. I won’t have to get back to my students until the next after next (one of the perks of working at a college, breaks are much longer), though I’m getting back to my script reading job, so I guess the break is over for me too. But what a great, relaxing break it was. I didn’t do anything much except watching TV and snacking all day, but after all, isn’t that the best way to spend a vacation?
Just to show that I haven’t neglected the blogging world altogether, here’s a guest post I did for Eccentric Owl. I’ll try to be back later this week with an outfit post too.
And finally, to close off the Lunar New Year celebration, here’s a picture of my niece in a traditional Vietnamese tunic hefting a rice cake – this is as typical a Lunar New Year photo as it can get: