The two weeks leading up to Tết are filled with shopping, visiting friends and family, parties, special foods and decorating the house to the nines. For the Viet people celebrating Tết is like the U.S. celebrations for Christmas—it’s a big, BIG deal. Every year the city of Saigon decorates the city with incredible light and floral designs and displays. We went downtown last night to view the displays. Since we were going the night before the displays officially opened we thought it wouldn’t be too crowded.
HA! What a joke. I think everyone in the city had the same bright idea.
It was crazy crowded, but boy was it beautiful and fun.
Street vendors were everywhere selling food, balloons, toys …
This woman was selling the most delicious waffles! We just bought our waffles when we noticed her nervously looking behind us. Surrounding vendors were quickly packing up their loot and scurrying away. What the heck was going on?
We looked back and realized the police were pulling up to the curb. I guess the street vendors weren’t supposed to be there.
Within seconds the waffle-lady had blended into the crowd.
My family. What a great night we had wandering the streets, people watching, taking photos, nibbling street food and soaking up the joyous energy of the city.
Whether it’s Christmas or Tết, I just love the holidays.