Travel Thursday – Saigon Hop Hoa Xuan

Vietnam – Saigon Hop Hoa Xuan, originally uploaded by anthonli.

It’s still Lunar New Year season.
This year, according to the Chinese Calendar, it’s the year of the Rabbit. But according to the Vietnamese Calendar, it’s the year of the Cat. I don’t know why there’s a difference as the other 11 zodiac animals are essentially the same (the year of the Ox is known as the year of the Buffalo in Vietnam, but that doesn’t really count).
I did not explain what is Hop Hoa Xuan in my previous post., but it translates to Spring Flower Festival (due to Vietnamese grammar, literal translation will read the other way round, i.e. Festival Flower Spring)
So, here’s a picture of one of the many cat decorations around the city to welcome the year of the Cat! Chuc Mung Nam Moi (Happy New Year)

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