Unfortunately, my thinking often leads to disappointment when it comes to shopping for suitably large clothes and shoes in bright, shiny malls where you imagine you can have what you want, (‘I’ll buy all of it, thanks” - with a gleefully superior sneer), and end up sulking in an ice-parlor because all the staff said, “Sorry, no have!” when I ask for a larger size. … [Read more...] about Shopping in a country like Vietnam
Buying house that needs work
"Asked for being absent from work yet?" Waiting at door, Mom asked when I was just about to walk inside. Familiar questions are repeated once a year, exactly one day before the Kitchen God ceremony. In the house, offerings, votive papers, and paper clothes had already prepared by my mother. Tomorrow morning, like dozens of years past, similar to the thing that thousands of other Hanoi families do before Tet, we will make the most special journey of the year: visit the graves of family’s ancestors and deceased people. … [Read more...] about Tet in a Hanoi family: Out with the old, in with the new
Colonel Le Ngoc Son introduces about Vietnamese traditional Tet According to Son, the most difficult thing was to find ingredients for wrapping Chung cakes. In Bangui, pork is so luxurious that he could only buy it after nearly 9 months living there. Dong leaves (used to wrap banh Chung, square cake) were also very rare and they thought they might use banana leaves instead. Luckily, a villager offered him four bundles of Dong leaves. On a military canvas spread out at the corner of the yard, Vietnamese soldiers and children in the street wrapped Chung cakes. The traditional cakes of Vietnam were successfully cooked in a far away country. … [Read more...] about Lunar New Year’s Eve in the Central African Republic
Shaman performs a ritual to invite house owners’ spirits of ancestors to celebrate Tet festival with the whole family (Photo: VNA) … [Read more...] about New Year customs of Red Dao ethnic people in Yen Bai province
Tet Nguyen Dan is a Sino-Vietnamese word for Feast of the very First Morning of the year, which is celebrated to mark the advent of spring according to the Lunar Calendar. Tet takes place from the first day of the first month of the Lunar calendar (around late January or early February) until at least the third day. This year, the first day of Lunar year will fall on January 25 on Gregorian Calendar. … [Read more...] about What to know about Tet holiday in Vietnam?