Can Tho Celebrations
14.12.2010 - 04.01.2011 34 °C
I had the privilege of intercepting a 10 year old’s birthday party last night. Well, I didn’t have a choice. I could hear it from my closed hotel room a block away (and up on the sixth floor), and it required an entire street.
Little Mister Nhat Dang practically had billboards advertising his ten-year achievement. Banners were strung, balloons were flying, a fully equipped stage was ready and spot-lit, the sound was blaring to the South China Sea, Nhat Dang was decked out in a striking black suit with red bowtie, and all the little girls were in their most flamboyant party dresses . (Thank heavens I wasn’t the only one dressed slightly dodgily for kiddie birthday parties, but that’s irrelevant.)
I learned something far more important. Karaoke is part of the regular rite of passage of every child here. For hours, men and women, then little girls and little boys put on their best performances for the birthday party.
It was classic!
Hopefully I’ll figure out how to upload videos.