With a vacation in Hoi An on Tet holiday, you will not feel alone during the first few days of the new year as the thoughtfulness of Hoi An ancient town naturally embraces you On Tet holiday, come to Hoi An ancient town to walk along the streets, which ‘curves as a bow curves’, and feel both the aroma and smoke of fragrant incenses on your shirt. In the lanes, where the exchange of Heaven and Earth is carried out in much the same manner as that of a gathering of unintelligible pubescent girls, are mysteries that lie in the morning fog and playing winds. Bumping into the host of local people in Hoi An, you will agree that whatever you are doing and wherever you are going in life, every one gathers together on Tet holiday. Therefore, “coming back home on Tet holiday” is not an unusual concept but an annual pilgrimage to each person’s original point, where each soul is pampered and rooted within the life source. Everything is new and bright. In addition to decorating their houses and buying things to offer to their ancestors, Hoi An’s people are interested in apricot flower, the flower that reflects a beautiful spring. When the heaven and earth meets, all pagodas and communal houses in Hoi An ring their bells to welcome a new year. It is a sacred moment of boundless connectivity between souls. “Normally, in the morning of the first day, in the lunar month, descendants give their grandparents and parents lucky money. On the second day, son-in-laws and daughter-in-laws will wish their parents-in-law a happy new year. On the third day, every one will visit relatives and join in many fabulous activities such as singing traditional folk songs, cock-fighting or playing human chess around the streets”, shared Mr. Nguyen Phuong, 87, a resident of Minh An ward. In the afternoon of January 3rd in the lunar month, every family cooks a meal to “say farewell” to their ancestors. However, the repercussion of the Tet holiday still lingers in the air, as dictated by a saying that “three days of Tet holiday is seven days of spring”. Even up until the 15th of January in the lunar month, parties sweltering with the warm atmosphere of families in the villages and streets do not end Mr. Nguyen Chi Trung, Director of Hoi An Center for Cultural Heritage Management Preservation said: “In Hoi An ancient town, many folk products and performances are only seen on Tet holiday, such as the performances of classical drama to wish for a lucky new year; writing poems to pray for happiness or reciting Tang poems in ancient houses. In particular, a special kind of cake made of sugar and glutinous rice is only cooked on Tet holiday to worship ancestors”. The Chinese community in Hoi An also cooks many strange dishes such as Phậc – Xồi, Yangzhou rice, Fujian fried vermicelli, floating sweet cake, steamed fish and roasted meat to wish for good luck in the new year. Yangzhou rice is cooked to wish for a bountiful, prosperous and happy year.
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