Despite me rocking the Santa Suit, Christmas isn’t a major holiday in Vietnam. The majority of the people here are Buddhist, so I expect Buddha’s birthday to have a much larger feel to it. Upcoming though is Tet, or Lunar New Year. Even though Tet doesn’t arrive until mid-January (when the whole country apparently shuts down for a week or two) decorations are already going up.
Down at Ben Thanh Market where I went on a belated Christmas Shopping Excursion for my family, I managed to discover how to say Happy New Year in Vietnamese, while snapping a dragon eyeing up the tallest building in Vietnam.
Back in my smaller district I marvelled at the ingenuity of one of the local wedding halls, as they found a creative way to recycle their empty cans into faux, oversized New Years firecrackers.
Sounds like it’ll be a loud one again this year.
Happy New Year!
Kung Hei Fat Choi!