Quy Nhon. The Tết Nguyên Đán
10 Mar 2015 | From Phúc of Vietnam
Phúc sent me these two photographs she took along with the postcard.
The first photograph shows a beach located in the middle of Vietnam. Quy Nhon is a lively and pleasant city virtually half way between the popular cities of Nha Trang and Hoi An. The city is known for its beautiful surroundings, Cham temples, and nearby beaches. Quy Nhon north beach has lots of large boats, but the south side is quieter and nice for swimming. Beaches in the villages around Quy Nhon are beautiful and clean - in particular Bai Xep beach some 10km south of the city.
The second photograph shows the scenes of Vietnam's Lunar New Year celebration - the Tết Nguyên Đán in Saigon, 2015. Tet Nguyen Dan is the most important celebration in the Vietnamese calendar, marking the arrival of spring and the start of a new year. 'Tet' itself means 'festival' and is the shortened version of 'Tết Nguyên Đán', which is Sino-Vietnamese for 'Feast of the First Morning of the First Day'.
Tet falls on the first night of the new moon in the first month of the Lunar Calendar, which in the Gregorian calendar usually takes place between the last week of January and the third week of February.