Hong has shared with us her recount on the Ba Dinh English Class’s first day back. With all the pictures she sent it seems there was lots of talk, laughter and good food to be shared around!! We’re very excited to see what our students achieve and how their English improves this year!
After a long holiday, the students of ACCV’s English class at Ba Dinh Blind Association had their first lesson of the New Year on Wednesday the 8th of February. Everyone was so happy to come back to class. At the beginning of the lesson the teacher asked the students to talk about what they did during their holiday. Questions such as what is the meaning of the Lunar New Year, what they did, where they went and what popular food people often have on Tet holiday were discussed.
Tien said that “Lunar New Year is the most important holiday in Vietnam because it is the occasion for all of family members to be together. Wherever you are, you always want to come back home.”
Sinh also said “Former Tet and nowadays Tet has differences but still have old customs such as family waiting for the New Year moment come…, visiting grandparents, parents, giving lucky money with wishes of luck and health for New Year. Besides, you cannot forget Chung cake and Peach blossom every Tet holiday.”
Most of the students seemed to have a very nice time with their family and friends. However, there was one story from Nga that made everybody unhappy. Nga is now living in Hanoi but she went to visit her hometown during the Tet holiday. Nga’s hometown is a very small and poor village in the countryside. People there are quite backward and they do not want people with disabilities to visit their house in the New Year. They think disabled people bring bad luck to their families. How crazy they are!! The only thing that cheered Nga up was that her relatives are so nice to her. So Nga just stayed in her relative’s house and enjoyed many delicious foods.
Our first lesson of the year of the Rooster was finished by a party with a lot of candies and cakes. You can see beautiful smiles on our faces in the photos.
Alison, Rose & the ACCV team
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