Chúc Mừng Năm Mới! Happy New Year 2015

The tour will not be running over the Tet holidays. The two weekends the tour will be canceled is the 14/15th Feb and the 20/21st Feb. The last tour will be Sunday 8th Feb and the first tour after the Chinese New Year will be on Saturday 28th Feb. Hopefully next year we will have more staff and will be running through the Tet holidays.

Here is some information about Tet, if you are not familiar with it:

Tết , or Vietnamese New Year, is the most important celebration in Vietnamese culture. The word is a shortened form of Tết Nguyên Đán (Nôm: 節元旦), which is Sino-Vietnamese for “Feast of the First Morning of the First Day”. Tết celebrates the arrival of spring based on the Vietnamese variation of the Chinese lunisolar calendar, which usually has the date falling between the months of January or February.[1]

Tết is celebrated on the same day as Chinese New Year, though exceptions arise due to the one-hour time difference between Hanoi and Beijing resulting in the alternate calculation of the new moon. It takes place from the first day of the first month of the Vietnamese calendar (around late January or early February) until at least the third day. Many Vietnamese prepare for Tết by cooking special holiday foods and cleaning the house. These food includes bánh chưng, bánh dày, dried young bamboo soup (canh măng), giò and sticky rice. There are a lot of customs practiced during Tết, such as visiting a person’s house on the first day of the new year (xông nhà), ancestral worshipping, wishing New Year’s greetings, giving lucky money to children and elderly people, and opening a shop.

Best wishes & have a great New Year,

Adam

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