HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE
As the Lunar New Year falls at the end of January, this edition of the EHG Post includes a number of features relating to cuisine, Hanoi travel tips, some traditions relating to the Tet period and how La Siesta Hotels are celebrating Vietnam’s most important holiday period.
This January we celebrate two new years based on the Gregorian and Lunar calendars: the western new year on Wednesday 1 January and Tet Nguyen Dan (Tet) three weeks later. It is the lunar calendar which determines the date of Tet which varies annually according to the moon’s cycle. This year, lunar new year’s day falls on Saturday 25 January 2020. This is the first day of the new year that has a new moon. The lunar calendar also determines Vietnam’s system of zodiac signs, represented by 12 animals – the belief being that the animal ruling one’s birth year greatly influences one’s personality and destiny. With this year’s Tet we bid farewell to the Year of the Pig (the last in the animal list) and welcome the Year of the Rat, the first in the 12 animal zodiac signs.
If you are here in Hanoi in the run-up to and/or during Tet, you will be wrapped up in the festive atmosphere that fills the air, witness streets full of peach blossom trees and other colorful flowers, Hanoi’s famous Quang An flower market will be jam packed with a huge variety of plants while streets such as Hang Ma are transformed into Aladdin’s caves of colors and traditional Tet symbols, while food is always high on the agenda.
Over Tet the La Siesta hotels’ restaurants invite you to enjoy special Tet set menus while our sky bars provide ringside views of Hanoi’s Tet firework displays.
On behalf of all our hotels in Hanoi, our La Siesta staff wish you a happy 2020 and a prosperous Lunar New Year. Chúc mừng năm mới” (Happy New Year) and “Cung chúc tân xuân” (gracious wishes for the new spring).
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