Tet in London
It’s crazy to think about it, but it’s been 8 years since I last had the chance to celebrate the Lunar New Year (“Tet”) at home. I miss the large gatherings at my grandparents’ house, where we’d all sit around and chat about anything and everything while filling up our stomachs with all the traditional New Year delicacies, like “banh trung” or “canh mang”. I miss those holidays spent with my cousins, when we’d just lounge around and gambled our time away through endless rounds of card games. I miss the Kumquat and Cherry Blossom trees, those precious lucky red envelopes ;), and even the never-ending days when we’d go and visit each and every one of our relative’s homes…
As cheesy as it sounds, Tet has always reminded me of a happy place and time in life, where all burdens are casted aside as we gather together to celebrate a new beginning, filled with hope and dreams. Whilst I’m still away for yet another year, I’m really grateful to have the chance to attend the Vietnamese Embassy’s New Year’s party to celebrate the arrival of the year of the Horse. This allowed me to experience how “home away from home” felt like… And of course, all the yummy food that came with it!
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!