Happy Lunar New Year from Hanoi!

Hanoi & tet

Ahh what a feeling to spend the last moments of the Lunar calendar in my hometown, Hanoi. The moments are bittersweet….

Bitter moments when I realize that my hometown is no longer the same. It’s changed and evolved so quickly and I can hardly recognize it all. Sadness was the moment I saw my grandparents and realized that they too grew old. But happy and sweet are the moments of joyful reunion. Of family, and love.

Hanoi is far more crowded than I remember. However, in the past two days people have gone back to the countryside to reunite with their loved ones. Hectic moments are no longer here. Instead, I can feel the peace and calmness that I used to know.

Tomorrow is the first day of the Lunar New Year. For us Vietnamese, it will be the year of the Cat. For the rest of the Asian population, it will be the year of the Rabbit. ;) On this occasion, I wish everyone a really happy new year.

And I hope you enjoy some moments I captured on the streets of Hanoi in the past two days!

Happy new year! Chúc mừng năm mới!
Season’s greeting! Cung chúc tân xuân!
Plum blossom in Hanoi 
Plum blossoms (hoa đào) are the favourites for Lunar New Year. This year has been so cold, so there has not been much blossom. No worry though since it’s getting warmer here.
A Hanoi Tet corner
We use these leaves to perfume our bath on Lunar New Year Eve. I think the leaves are called Lá Xông or Lá Hương. (Need to check with mom ^^)
Hanoi - Tet
Red is such a joyful color for us Asians!
Motorbike and flowers
This is so HANOI! Hahaha! Flowers on motorbike!
Hanoi Flower Market
Beautiful spring colors!

25 Responses to Happy Lunar New Year from Hanoi!

  1. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    Lovely clicks! Happy Chinese New Year!

  2. Miriam says:

    Happy New Year! ;)

  3. Shirley @ Kokken69 says:

    Year of the cat! How fascinating! I am guessing that they chose the cat over the rat? :) lovely shots, Happy New Yeat, Anh!

  4. penny aka jeroxie says:

    Happy lunar new year to you and your family. I must make an effort to return home next year for CNY. I miss the festive mood and spending time with family.

  5. Magda says:

    Happy New Year Anh! Have a great time in Hanoi!

  6. Faith says:

    Such beautiful pictures, Anh! I hope you're having a wonderful time in your hometown. Happy Lunar New Year to you too!

  7. Little Corner of Mine says:

    Wishing you Xin Nian Kuai Le, Wan Shi Ru Yi and Gong Xi Fa Cai!!! Loved the RED. :)

  8. Barbara says:

    Happy New Year Anh. Gorgeous photos.

  9. mademoiselle délicieuse says:

    Happy New Year, Anh! Lunar New Year is always so much more atmospheric spent in Asia and especially, of course, surrounded by family =)

  10. Christine@Christine's Recipes says:

    How nice you can celebrate CNY in your hometown!

  11. Johanna GGG says:

    happy new year anh – how wonderful that you can celebrate with some of your family – I am sure they love having you with them – thanks for sharing such gorgeous photos – truly breathtaking

  12. Susan says:

    Wonderful clicks. Hope you are having a great home visit.

  13. Peter G @ Souvlaki For The Soul says:

    Enjoy the Lunar New Year Anh…love the pics of Hanoi

  14. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen says:

    Wishing you and your family a Happy New Year! I loved looking at your pictures, hope to see even more!

  15. Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets says:

    Happy Lunar New Year, dear! Beautiful photos and I never knew you guys had a different calendar. I'm sorry to hear some of the less pleasant changes there for you, but it's nice to hear some of the peach is back again. Take care!

  16. john@heneedsfood says:

    Thanks for the visual journey! Gorgeous photo's. Happy New Year!

  17. tigerfish says:

    Am actually curious abt the Year of the Cat and Year of the Rabbit – why the difference? hmmm….

  18. Monet says:

    Happy New Year! I loved traveling with you to Hanoi…all of those flowers were so beautiful! I can understand those bittersweet feelings…I'm glad that you were able to return to a place that you love.

  19. shaz says:

    How beautiful, I'd love to visit Hanoi one day. Happy Year of the Cat, Anh :)

  20. Cherrie Pie says:

    Happy New Year Anh! Beautiful Photos

  21. Zara says:

    Omg, Anh, your photos are breath taking, just pure magic!! Thank you for sharing your impressions… and a very HAPPY new year of the Cat!

  22. WizzyTheStick says:

    Happy New Year and thanks for taking us home with you via your beautiful pictures

  23. Fellexandro Ruby says:

    Hello there, I'm new to this blogging thing.

  24. Soma says:

    Belated happy new to you! Looks like you had a fabulous time back home. The lovely flowers are making me yearn for the spring here.

  25. thanh7580 says:

    Some fantastic photos Anh. It is sometimes scary that things change, but that's all part of life. You too are changing. As long as you still treasure the important things in your life.

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