Before I start writing this article, I would like to wish everyone, “Happy Lunar New Year 2020!” (Chúc mừng năm mới!) Is my first time celebrating the Chinese New Year and you have no idea how happy and excited people are about it. Differently is called “Tết” shortened from “Tết Nguyên Đán” which means “Feast of the First Morning of the First Day” and I think that’s very beautiful and meaningful! The Lunar New Year is based on Chinese Lunisolar calendar calculating both the motions of Earth around the Sun and of the Moon around Earth. During these celebration there are two weeks of Holiday so everyone can gather with their families. They start forgetting about the troubles of the past year and hope for a better upcoming year. Vietnamese consider Tết to be the first day of Spring, for during this period there are lots of flowers blooming everywhere and the city is fully decorated with them! Every door of a house has some vases of pink peach flowers or yellow apricot flowers. The city right now is almost empty and it’s a very strange feeling because Saigon is always crowded in every street! But now that people are on Holiday, everyone has traveled or got back to their hometown. While I am still exploring the city and enjoying the peacefulness like never before. On the first day of the Lunar New Year, people go to Temples and Pagodas to pray for the year to come…And I did the same by visiting another new and majestic Temple!
The Temple is called “Pháp viện Minh Đăng Quang” located in District 2. It’s one of the greatest and biggest Temples I have visited in the city with lots of high Pagodas and stairs to climb. Many people were there at that day and the energy around was high while everyone was cherishing that glorious day.
See you soon,