You are wondering where to visit in the first days of 2019. You want to have memorable moments in the beginning of spring. Saigon is one of the ideal places for your vacation. Book a Vietnam culture tour to discover holidays and events happening in February and March in Saigon or Ho Chi Minh City.
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The first holiday you cannot miss when you travel to Saigon in February is Tet, the most significant traditional festival of Vietnam. This year, Tet holiday, also popularly known as the name Lunar New Year, falls on February, 16st of the Western Calendar. However, it is advisable to come to Saigon earlier some days in order to have a great chance to enjoy the busy and jubilant festive atmosphere.
During days before New Year’s Eve, people in Saigon usually decorate their houses beautifully with many types of colorful flowers, fruits, candies and flashing lights. Especially, they always tidy up their house with the hope of getting rid of all unluckiness of the old year. In addition, to prepare for Tet, they also make many traditional foods. If you visit Ho Chi Minh City these days, you will admire the way they create traditional specialties such as banh tet, gio or xoi. You can even make them by yourselves with the instructions of the friendly people living here.
When New Year’s Eve (Giao Thua) – the most important and sacred moment of the whole year comes, all members of the families will gather and enjoy traditional food together. They always exchange best wishes with hope for a better new year.
Firework display on New Year’s Eve, Saigon
Maybe you will be quite surprised by the features of Tet holiday in Saigon that make the beautiful city unique. Different from many other cities in Vietnam, everything seems to become sacred and peaceful strangely during Tet. The traffic on streets is light, the shops and markets are not crowded as normal days although trading activities still take place. You will feel the nice change in each of roads and people you meet by a chance. Especially, if you want to immerse yourself in the Tet views of Saigon, walk on the streets at night. It is definitely a memorable experience for you.
One of the interesting activities you can participate in when visiting Ho Chi Minh City in Tet holiday is watching flowers displays. The flower festivals often happen in two famous streets, namely Nguyen Hue and Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street. In Lunar New Year, these streets are loaded with a variety of colorful and beautiful flowers. Coming here, you will have an opportunity to admire many kinds of flowers from almost all regions of the country such as orchids, cacti, apricots, peach blossoms, etc. This impressive beauty is bound to bring you wonderful emotions as if you were lost in a wonderland of fairy stories.
Nguyen Hue Flower Street
Another holiday that is quite famous in Ho Chi Minh City is Valentine’ Day, falling on the 14th of February. On that day, people will give gifts such as roses, chocolates or Valentine cards for their lovers. Many streets like Nguyen Van Cu Street, known as “pathway of love” are decorated with a variety of beautiful heart-shaped gifts and flowers. Stands around is overloaded with roses, chocolates, teddy bears and so on. It is really wonderful for you and your lover to visit Saigon in Valentine’s Day.
Nguyen Van Cu Street on Valentine’s Day
Lastly, you can take part in Tet Nguyen Tieu (Vietnam Lantern Festival), on January 15th of lunar calendar. It happens on the 2nd of the third western month this year. To enjoy wholly the atmosphere of Tet Nguyen Tieu, you should spend time exploring Cho Lon in Saigon, known as the most attractive destination. Coming here on this occasion, you will try a lot of street foods symbolizing for “reunion” like Che troi nuoc. Besides, many interesting activities held by the Chinese living here also attract most tourists. The streets are full of art shows and colorful lanterns. For example, you can witness the festive atmosphere of dragon or lion dancing displays. It is considered as the unique feature during the festival representing the culture of the Chinese community. They believe that the image of dragons will bring the luck, wealth, health and success for a new year. Especially, the colorful and exciting parades along the streets also appeal many visitors.
Lion dancing display in Cho Lon
Vietnam culture tour to Saigon in February and March promises to bring you a lot of interesting experiences that never fade into your mind! Additionally, you can also choose other cultural tours to discover more about holidays in Vietnam. Wish you have a wonderful tour!