If we really wanted to ring in this Chinese/Vietnamese Lunar New Year properly, we would have liked to throw a HUGE party for all our “Rat” friends. But seeing that so many of you “Rats” live so far from us, we’ll just celebrate with an enthusiastic, “Happy New Year!”. As many of you are well aware, today marks the beginning of the Lunar New Year celebration. For those of you who are still new to this huge, glorious occasion, there’s plenty of resources out there to help you discover the colors, flavors and varying traditions of this New Years Day. Because there’s so much fantastic information out there to help you discover this event, we’ve decided to gather as much information as we can from all our blogging buddies to help share the wonders of this occasion, as well as share our own photographs of some Vietnamese New Year’s scenes, festivities, foods, fruits and fun that we’ve been able to experience throughout Little Saigon, California.
Welcome to what our T?t New Year looks, smells, tastes and feels like:

The foods: Lots of glutinous rice cakes, dried candied fruit, watermelon seeds, citrus (pommelo’s, mandarins & more) and some unique exotic fruits (rhambutans & mangosteens)!

For more tasty New Year Recipes please visit: Andrea’s VietWorld Kitchen, Christine’s Holy Basil, Jaden’s Steamy Kitchen, and Cathy The Gastronomer

Lucky “L? Xì” Red/Gold Money Envelopes & The Smiles of Kids : It’s really more for the little kids and some big (over 30 years old) kids too! We certainly won’t turn down a lucky $$ envelope! It’s a celebration for all ages.

New Years Flowers – The flower power of peach blossoms, apricot blossoms, orchids, chrysanthemums and more!

For more stories and traditions about New Years Flowers please visit: Andrea’s Tet Flowers at Viet World Kitchen.

The Markets and Festivities: Lots of lucky red lanterns, goods to gift to friends and a bit of gambling!

For More New Years wishes and stories please visit: Wandering Chopsticks , Nikko Polani, & Big Boys Oven

We wish all of you a year of health, happiness, prosperity, good food and many kitchen successes. May none of your soufflés fall, custards curl, and none of your dishes burn. May you “stay out of the weeds” when preparing those big feasts and may all your lives resemble the following picture: healthy & lucky red rice, flowing freely and abundantly from a golden envelope.

Chúc M?ng N?m M?i , Gung Hay Fat Choy & Happy New Year Everyone ! 🙂