Vietnamese New Year is the most important and popular holiday and festival in Vietnam. It is the Vietnamese New Year marking the arrival of spring based on the Chinese calendar. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T%E1%BA%BFt)
You and I will visit Nguyen Hue street, famous for beautiful flower decoration. There are many great activities in Spring festival like:
_ Watching Lion dance, Vietnamese calligraphist writing wishing in Chinese, fruit festival, etc.
_ Visiting Vietnamese pagodas (if lucky, we could have Vietnamese vegetarian meal for free. It's very special and delicious)
_ Visiting some famous sightseeings in HCMC such as Saigon Notre Dame cathedral, Saigon central Post Office, Ben Thanh market, etc.(Saigon is another name of HCMC)
The greatest things of the trip is that I will give you a ride around my city with my motorbike :D. (However, If you want to travel by taxi or walking, it's your choice.)
In 2014, Tet holiday is between 31st January - 8th Feb, but you can come to HCM on 29th Jan also to experience Vietnamese preparing for Tet. At Lunar New Year Eve (30th Jan), you can catch fireworks at 11:59 PM and it's very exciting in HCMC.
Spring is coming, so come to HCMC to explore Tet holiday, a traditional culture of Vietnamese.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask me ^^
Bonus: The season of Tet occurs around the biginning of February and end of Janaurỵ The meaning of Tet is ending old year and welcome a new year. Tet holiday is very special for Vietnamese families to reunite. At that time, all family members try to come back their homes and get together to prepare for Tet. Moreover they will buy new clothes and clean their house. A branch of Mai flower or a Kumquat tree can't be absent from every home. They bring a fresh atmosphere to the house. We decorate ancestral altar with a tray full of fruits and flowers.
Some typical Tet's food such as sweets, coconut jam, candied fruits, lemon seeds, rice cake , "thit kho"( stew pork with eggs). A special food can not absent is sticky rice cake.. It is our country's traditional food on Tet holiday. Tet meal is more dilicious than our every day.
On Tet holiday, people have many typical activities. Young persons takes part in the traditional games such as: tug; cooking rice, cock fighting, watching lion dance. Many people visit relatives to wish a happy new year. A dults will give lucky money for children. Woman like going to pagoda to wish good things will come to their familỵ
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