Nha Trang Prepares for Tet

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Traffic on Tran Phu steadily increased as more and more families arrived for the week-long holiday, the most celebrated in Vietnam. Ý and Tiên's sidewalk store was a nice spot to sip afternoon beers and watch Nha Trang prepare for the Vietnamese New Year - Tet. The many deep rooted rites, rituals, and ceremonies of the holiday remain far beyond my comprehension so I can only sit back, watch, and wonder.

 

Tet is a combination of Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and Memorial Day all rolled into one - birthdays too; everyone becomes a year older regardless what month they were born. Homes are cleaned or painted and yards decorated with new trees that are spiral-wrapped in red tape or streamers to scare away evil spirits from the previous year - Year of the Rat.

Generations unite
Orange and yellow flowers brighten shops, homes, and businesses. Families are reunited, ancestors remembered, offerings made, gifts exchanged, and feasts devoured. Debts are settled and differences between family and friends solved. The Year of the Buffalo will usher in with a bright new physical appearance of the city and fresh minds and happy spirit of its people.

 

Last year most red banners and billboards commemorated national milestones; this year, more of New Year good wishes. Vender carts of balloons and streamers seem more abundant but I only saw a few red balloons in the streets - one rapidly drumming against the head of a little girl on back of a speeding motorbike. It was nice to see the increase in bicycle rickshaws (cyclos) on the road. They kept busy hauling large pots of flowers and small trees. Others shuttled out-of-town family members on leisurely tours of the city. Holiday spirit abounds.

Lord_Mike says:
good to learn!
Posted on: Jan 30, 2009
Andy99 says:
Great description!
Posted on: Jan 30, 2009
reikunboy says:
I love how you captured this, great pics to go along with the informative blog
Posted on: Jan 29, 2009
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Flower delivery
Flower delivery
Generations unite
Generations unite
Tet traffic
Tet traffic
Tangerines
Tangerines
Heavy traffic
Heavy traffic
Offerings
Offerings
Bamboo trees
Bamboo trees
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