Tet (shortened from Tet Nguyen Dan), is a short term literally translated for Vietnamese Lunar New Year. This event marks the beginning of a new year according to Vietnamese Lunar Calendar. This is definitely the most important celebration to all Vietnamese people when you can explore Hanoian traditions that lie deep inside the soul of the city. Everyone is in a very festive spirit and the streets are filled with flowers.
The most bustling place before Tet might be the Old Quarters, especially Hang Ma street. Once here, you will get lost in a strange wonderland where the shops are lined with roads selling ornaments for Tet; crowds of people flocking to purchase votive objects and lanterns, red couplets, calligraphy pictures, red envelopes, firecrackers… for worship and decoration. Hanoi really feels alive and colorful in that time. Many foreigners are seen attending in crowds buying stuff like locals, just to feel the atmosphere. Many said that they like to welcome Lunar New Year in Vietnam like a Vietnamese to know more about this oriental culture.
Nearer the Lunar New Year, Hanoi is filled with vibrant colors of roses, auspicious flowers, chrysanthemums, peach blossom, Dahlia flowers, etc… which make the city look like an elegant girl. Quang Ba flower market, located in Tay Ho District, is listed among best places to celebrate Lunar New Year by CNN channel. They said "while most will go to any lengths to get home to see the family, for some it's a chance to travel if only to get away from nagging relatives and red packet-hungry colleagues and friends”. The flower market is one of these perfect escapes. This is a suitable place for the young take photos with glorious flowers.
Last but not least, in the stroke of midnight (30th December in Lunar calendar), the fireworks performance will taken place across at some of the key locations of the capital including Thong Nhat Park, Lac Long Quan flower garden, Hoan Kiem Lake, Van Quan Lake. This is such a sacred moment of transfer between 2 years that many couples desire to enjoy together and give hope of love to each other.
There are a lot more we cannot tell you in just a post, and Asia Senses Travel believes that a package tour definitely brings you mind-blowing experiences as well as deepen your knowledge of Hanoian cultures and traditions.
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