Today was the first day of the Lunar New Year, also known as Tết here in Hanoi. Last night there were fireworks in the city at midnight and Elena and I watched them from our balcony.
This year is the year of the horse, so we’ve been making horse images all day.
People have said that on New Years Day, central Hanoi suddenly gets really quiet as everybody goes back to their hometowns. We decided to try and go for a walk today to see this, curious to see what a traffic-free Hanoi looks like. As we tried to get to the Old Quarter we found that we couldn’t even get out of Ho Tay, our little part of town because the traffic was gridlocked. There were more motorbikes and cars than we had ever seen!
As it turns out, Ho Tay has some rather large temples on it and one of the only markets that is open during the holidays and it seems that the whole of Hanoi descended on the place.
As the traffic was so insane, we went back to our home, drank tea and drew some postcards instead.
Happy new year!