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Name: Tết
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Description: Celebration of the Vietnamese Lunar New Year and all that goes with it.
Rating: 5 on a scale of 1 to 5. Based on 1 reviews.

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address icon 299 Cau Giay, Cầu Giấy, Hanoi

phone number icon (+84) (0)24 32201666

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January 18th, 2009 at 11:40 pm

This review is not for commercial advertisement, not to take back some “points” because I’ve had a lot of ‘fail’ recently. For those who don’t like everything I write, choose many ‘fail’ as you can then leave, I just can’t stop writing these down.
Tết – this word itself has a great meaning to Vietnamese.
Forget noisy bars and clubs with full of young trendy people, get away from distrustful Vietnamese who you can meet many in the old quarter, don’t blame the crowded streets full of “crazy riders”, don’t complain about pollution, terrible weather nor the price goes insanely high during Tết; let’s talk about Tết, just your Tết.
For me, Tết is the time to get rid of bad things and look for brighter future in the incoming year. It’s time for poor people to buy for their children new shirts. It’s time for poor mothers spend their last coin to buy some meat for meals even the price is much more expensive than usual. For some people, it’s the only time in year they don’t have to eat vegetable and fat to live. In the past, it’s even worse; luxury foods we had for Tết were fat and onion. It’s time for rural kids with their bare feet on frosty soil have a chance to eat cakes, small packs of sticky rice. I’ve seen them all and hadn’t known why they had to buy those pricey things in Tết until one day, I realised that they bought new things in Tết to build a dream on, a dream of better New Year. They’re happy for they believe in New Year they’ll get more than they’ve given. Happiness doesn’t require a lot of money.
Why I just write about the poor? Wealthy people are fed up with Tết. For them, it’s time to bribe their bosses, to visit their “social friends”, to get in or away from luxury parties full of meat and liquor… For them, it’s very difficult to buy happiness because every time they don’t miss anything.
I hate rains but somehow I like very light rains in Tết. Tết isn’t Tết without them. I’d love to see raindrops falling on old red tiles rooftops. I’d love to see empty streets with closed door houses, on pavements there’re many trees without leave but have many buds. Take a walk and look at every single house, every single tree when you go across, feel the humid and the “Tết smell”. That’s the Old Quarter which most of foreigners come to visit. That’s the hidden charm that Vietnamese treasure.
Oh please, despite a lot of people don’t like Tết and try to get away from Hanoi these days, I know a lot of new Hanoians like Tết. Why don’t you share your feelings of Tết?

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