|People stand at a calligraphy stall at Cho Que in the Sofitel Legend
Metropole Hanoi. The hotel will open its traditional Vietnamese market in
anticipation of the Tet lunar new year from tomorrow. — Photo courtesy of
HA NOI (VNS) — The Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi is transforming the ‘street' through its open-air courtyard into a traditional Vietnamese market in anticipation of the Tet Lunar New Year.
From 4pm tomorrow, the three-day Cho Que (countryside market) anchors a multi-faceted approach to the annual observance.
At Cho Que, vendors, in traditional costumes, will sell food, handicrafts and colourful do (poonah) paper paintings from Dong Ho Village. Vietnamese artists will paint visitors' portraits, while vendors will offer bowls of pho and bun cha to visitors. A traditional dragon dance will bring luck to all in attendance.
Tomorrow, contestants will compete to make the best banh chung (traditional sticky square rice cake); on Saturday the best banh cuon (rice roll) and best nom (salad); and on Sunday the best child's drawing on a traditional conical hat. Winners will receive vouchers for various dining experiences in the hotel.
The free entry market will open to the public from January 29 to 31, from 4-8pm. — VNS