Today is the 2nd day of December in the Lunar calendar, and it’s almost 1 month till the Tet holiday (traditional Vietnamese Lunar New Year). So excited when the new year is coming!
These days with the cool wind coming through my office window and the mizzle reminds me of one poem I translated from my dad’s Vietnamese poem a long time ago (my dad Nguyen Kim Huy is a poet and writer). Here it is:
Season of pouring honey. And the bumblebees
Fly in the back garden so rashly
Season of blooming passionately. And flowers of melody
Invade the soul along the palisades
Painted upon the sky are the crystal lovely eyes
Rolling on the ground the fog falling down and down
The sun sets slightly as if it’s walking slowly
Bringing the nostalgia further away day by day
Season of shining diamonds. And through the eyes
Glimpse the curve of the blushing shoulder
In the silence, there is the voice of self-delusion
Saying the spring has gone with the Northwind!
And here is one more:
Then passionately appears the spring
With no wonder, no fear no sulking
In blue eyes shimmering the green leaf
In crystal smile singing the light
Ongoing in dreams is the age of the full moon
Ongoing in seasons is the mysterious horizon
And the days farewell to upsets with all kinds
With vague illusions confusing each other’s life
Replied in the spring is astonished saying
After how much sincere to come together
You’re so charming so young so sweet
Where has the first love gone forever?
Forgive the spring if it’s ever mistaken
The light still shines in hesitancy at the moment
In the silence of the center of thousand thoughts
There appeared a flash of reminiscing…
Yeah, sometimes in my free time, I wrote some poems to express my feeling to this life, and most of them are in Vietnamese. I will translate them into English soon! 🙂
In Vietnam, Tet is much more important than January 1 that is celebrated in Western countries. People go back to their hometown and visit their dearest ones: mom, dad, grandparents and all their relatives. We have a lot of ceremonies to commemorate our ancestors. The people who follows Buddism also go to pagodas and pray for luck and health in the coming new year.
Here we have in my shop The Wish Designs some traditional symbols of Tet: yellow apricot, peach blossom, red lantern, bamboo pole, watermelon and Chung cake, traditional ao dai and so on in a collection of various abstract textures and geometric shapes. Made with the inspiration of Minimal Abstract Art Deco.
There are a lot of clothes as well as home deco products for new year decoration in this Tet. All products related to Tet and Vietnam can be found here: https://www.redbubble.com/people/thewishdesigns/shop/vietnam
These designs were made in cooperation with my teammates at Nikki Studio.