Good bye to the kitchen god

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There have grown a lot of legends around the Vietnamese New Year celebrations. Today we say good-bye for one week to the kitchen god Ông Tao or Tao Quan as he is also called, to go to heaven. After his appointment for reporting to the Jade Emperor he will return home only on of New […]
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The turn of the year

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Today, the annual exitement about the turn of the year starts again. My girls are also already quite exited. Actually, I have really no time for housecleaning and similar stuff. The first half of the school year comes to an end and I am once again busy, lots of reports and assessments to write and […]
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Tết Giáp Ngọ – The year of the horse

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On January 31st the year 4651 since the introduction of the lunar calendar begins in Vietnam. So the European era is far ahead . The new year is under the sign of the Horse . After last year with the snake prudence and good planning were asked, the energy of the horse favors, self-confidence and […]
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The Man in the Moon

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On the 15th Day of the eighth lunar month in China, Korea and Vietnam the middleautumn-festival is celebrated. In Vietnam, the festival is called Tết Trung Thu. It has its origins about 3,000 years ago and is associated with the legend of the farmers Thằng Cuội, which is told in countless different versions. One of […]
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New Year preparations

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This morning our visit from Berlin has arrived. Together with Lan I already made me at night on the way to pick up my mom and my stepfather from the Nội Bài Airport. Because we four people were not able to drive with my Honda, I borrowed a car from friends for that. In the […]
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Short Tet Afterthought and outlook

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Year of the Cat The weather god still seems to like us. Just in time for the Year of the Cat we had springtime temperatures in Hanoi. Today was the first day in 2011 with over 25 degrees. Finally you can open the window again and sit a little longer on the terrace to smoke. […]
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Tết Tân Mão – The first day of the year

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Tết Nguyên Đán is mainly a family event. As usual on Tet we celebrated the New Year’s Day within the family circle yesterday. The normally vibrant and bustling Hanoi, a city that actually never sleeps, seemed to be dead. Many of the residents spent the holidays with their relatives on the country side. Best regards […]
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High Season for Tour Operators

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The times they are a changin’! A few years ago it would have been unimaginable for most Vietnamese to spend the New Year Tết somewhere else in the privacy of their home. But the festival is traditionally celebrated in the family circle, and serves primarily to honor the ancestors who are symbolically invited the evening […]
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