Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Vietnamese "Tet" Lunar New Year at the Sofitel Metropole Hanoi. And about the Cho Que country market.



The Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi is transforming the ‘street’ through its open-air courtyard into a traditional Vietnamese market in anticipation of the Vietnamese Tet lunar new year.

The three-day Cho Que (which means country market in Vietnamese) anchors a multi-faceted approach to the annual observance, which also includes a presentation of lucky red envelopes to guests on the first day of the new year, a dragon dance and a Vietnamese banquet to celebrate Tet at Spices Garden.

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THE BEST TET EXPERIENCE
IN HANOI

“While so much of Vietnam shuts down during the Tet New Year, we’re really going to open things up,” said Franck Lafrourcade, the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi’s general manager. “From the market, to the red envelopes, to the food, we aim to provide the most authentic Tet experience possible.

The Cho Que market will be open to the public from Jan. 29 to 31 with no entrance fee. At Cho Que, vendors will be dressed in traditional garb, and vendors will sell food, handicrafts and colourful do paper paintings from Dong Ho village.

Last Year's Tet Celebrations at the Metropole
ACTIVITIES FOR THE TET HOLIDAY
AT THE SOFITEL HANOI

Vietnamese artists will paint visitors’ portraits, soup vendors will dole out bowls full of pho and bun cha to celebrants. And a traditional dragon dance will bring luck to all in attendance.

On Friday, contestants will compete to make the best banh chung (traditional rice cake). On Saturday, there will be a contest to make the best banh cuon (rice noodle roll) and best nom (salad).

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FLOWERS IN THE LOBBY
OF SOFITEL HANOI

Meanwhile, boughs of flowering, pink beach blossoms and potted shrubs of kumquats laden with orange fruit will grace the lobby of the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, heralding the holiday as decidedly as Christmas trees in the West.

The handicrafts and art of the highland town of Sapa will also be on display throughout the holiday.

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