Vietnamese New Year’s day is celebrated in style! New Year’s Day the most eagerly awaited day by most people around the world. Each country has a unique and different way to celebrate New Year’s, including Vietnam. Vietnamese New Year is called Tet Nguyen Dan or Tet means “the first morning of the first day.” Tet is on the same day as Chinese New Year, usually in January or February. Vietnamese New Year is the biggest and most important cultural celebration in Vietnam. The purpose of celebrating Vietnamese New Year is to thank their gods for sending spring again after winter. It is also an occasion for the family to gather together. Before the celebration can be held, a couple things need to be prepared:
- Every family in Vietnam must do a worship ritual to the “Gods of Kitchen” (Tao Cong). They believe that every year the gods report their household activities to the Jade Emperor.
- They must clean every part of their house and decorate it. The house should always look beautiful and tidy during the celebration. Cleaning their house removes any bad luck from the past year.
- Every house should have a room to honor the ancestors decorated with peach flowers.
- They must have a fruit plate, with five-eight different kinds of fruit, such as bananas, grapes, grapefruit, lemons, oranges, apples, persimmons, or tangerines
- They make traditional Vietnamese food called “Banh Chung” or sticky rice cakes, made from glutinous rice, pork and green beans wrapped in a banana leaf.
- In front of the house is a “Cay Neu” or New Year’s Tree. The Cay Neu is a tall bamboo tree, about 5-6 meters long. It’s decorated with bells and a small kerosene lamp, which is lit at night to light the way of the ancestors to back to the spirit world
- Parents buy their children new clothes and shoes for the day of celebration.
During Tet, every street is filled with many people. Drums, bells, and gongs are hit, and there are lion and dragon dances. Vietnamese people believe these things chase away the evil spirits. On the day of celebration each family gets together to eat the traditional food that has already been prepared. The parents give their children a red envelope containing “good luck money.” The Red Envelope is a symbol of wealth and fortune for the Vietnamese.
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