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!