Vietnamese Tet Holiday 

The year of Xin Chou 2021 (the year of Buffalo) has come. It has the meaning that we will have sầu the occasion to lớn celebrate a Lunar New Year và enjoy life after a full hard-working year. Especially, people who leave their homelvà khổng lồ work will return with their families to enjoy the Lunar New Year. All the best things are well-prepared during this holiday. Because anyone wants to lớn ensure that they will have sầu a new year full of happiness, success, and prosperity.

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Tet holiday is usually from the over of January lớn early February. Officially, Vietnamese Tet holiday includes the 1st, 2nd and 3rd day in Lunar Calendar; however, local people often spend about nearly a month lớn celebrate this special event.


Vietnamese Tet Holiday is a special time lớn think about the last year and the new year has come (Photo: Internet)


Flowers blossoms

Traditionally, people will decorate their house with hoa mai – Ochmãng cầu integerrima in the Central và South parts of Vietnam giới. People believe that if the ochna integerrima blooms at the time of New Year’s Eve sầu or early in the first day of new year will bring more luchồng, prosperity and happiness for that family.


Peach blossom can be seen at Nhat Tan flower garden, is a symbol of Tet in the North (Photo: Internet)

The North of Vietphái mạnh prefers a peach blossom for decoration on Tet days. The peach blossom not only works to lớn ward off evil spirits but help everyone can stay healthy and peaceful in the new year.

Tray of five fruits – Mam Ngu Qua

Visiting a Vietnamese home page during the Lunar New Year, you will see the presence of a five-fruits tray on the ancestor’s altar.


The five sầu fruits tray of the South Vietnamese family has the meaning “Cầu sung trọn vẹn xài” (Photo: Internet)

 In the South, a tray of five sầu fruits includes soursop, coconut, papaya, mango, & fig. Do you know the reason? Because they based on the homonymous phenomenon khổng lồ phối meaning for each fruit.

– Mãng cầu (Soursop) – sound as “cầu” in “cầu mong” (wish)

– Sung (fig) – sound “sung” in “sung túc” (well-to-do)

– Dừa (coconut) – sound “vừa” in “vừa phải” (overage)

– Đu đủ (papaya) – sound “đủ” in “đầy đủ” (enough)

– Xoài (mango) – sound “xài” in “tiêu xài” (spend)

The phrase “Cầu sung đầy đủ xài” means wishing to earn enough khổng lồ spover & live in good condition.


Each fruit or each color of the tray both has a good meaning (Photo: Internet)

Unlượt thích the South, the tray of five fruits of the North includes banamãng cầu, pomelo, peach, persimmon, và mandarin. The ancients based on shape and color of each fruit lớn give it a meaning.

– Banana symbolizes for reunion.

– Pomelo symbolizes for security- good health and prosperity;

– Peach symbolizes for hope to the future.

– Persimmon symbolizes for richness.

– Mandarin symbolizes for success.

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Red Watermelon


Red watermelon is a lucky symbol of Vietnamese Tet Holiday (Photo: Internet)

The decoration can not be completed without the presence of red watermelon. Vietnamese people choose watermelon khổng lồ decorate on Lunar New Year because of its lucky red color. They believe that red color in the watermelon will bring well-being throughout the year.

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Parallel Sentences


Parallel sentences carry a lot of good meaning like Health, Happiness, Luông chồng và Prosperity (Photo: Internet)

One of the finest traditional customs for the Lunar New Year is hanging the parallel sentences which is written by a scholar on red or yellow page. People will hang the parallel sentences on the place of honor, usually on both sides of the entrance door or of the altar.

Here are two pairs of well-known New Year parallel sentences:

“Fat meat, pickled onions, red parallel sentences

New Year pole, strings of firecrackers, green Chung cake.”

Traditional customs

Offer Lvà Genie và Kitchen God


Offer Lvà Genie & Kitchen God is a traditional custom on Lunar New Year (Photo: Internet)

On the 23rd of December on the lunar calendar, Vietnamese families maintain the habit of preparing a farewell ceremony khổng lồ see The God of Kitchen to the heaven. The Kitchen God will ride a carp to lớn fly bachồng khổng lồ the heaven to report everything happening in the house of the owner khổng lồ the Jade Emperor. Until noon on the 30th of December (Lunar Calendar) or the moment of New Year’ s Eve sầu, The Kitchen God returns every house lớn continue his job of looking after the stove in the kitchen.

Read more information about the legkết thúc of custom here

Wrapping Bánh Chưng And Bánh Tét


Bánh Chưng & bánh Tét are typical traditional cakes on the Vietnamese Lunar New Year (Photo: Internet)

In the North, local people wrap bánh Chưng which has a square shape with the main ingredients such as dong leaf, glutinous rice, mung bean, fatty pork, & black pepper, salternative text, sometimes green onion, and fish sauce for spices. Wrapped in a square green package, bánh Chưng symbolizes the earth.

Bánh Tét is another modified version of bánh Chưng from North part. However, the shape of bánh Tét is cylindrical not square like bánh Chưng. Bánh Tét is also made from the glutinous rice, mung bean, cooked pork.

Bánh Chưng and bánh Tét have sầu been a significant activity that partially brings the warm Tet atmosphere of reunions aý muốn family members và neighbors. Many still rethành viên the time when family members took turn wrapping and boiling the cakes.

Lunar New Year Eve


Lunar New Year Eve is the time “Passage from the Old to lớn the New Year” (Photo: Internet)

On Lunar New Year Eve, the young often go out with friends to watch the firework performance. In another while, the elderly & adults stay at home page making offerings. They always repair prepare one tray for outdoor worshiping khổng lồ the Gods or homeless wandering souls. They also prepare another tray for indoor worshiping khổng lồ the ancestors to lớn pray for a new year of health, prosperity & luông xã khổng lồ every family thành viên.

First Footing


The act of being the first person khổng lồ enter a house is called xông khu đất, xông nhà or giẫm đất (Photo: Internet)

Vietnamese people believe that the first person come to their house will determine their fortune for the entire year. To ensure good luông xã for the house, the first caller, means “tín đồ xông đất” in Vietnamese language, is normally required to have sầu zodiac signs compatible with the host. He or she should also be successful và content with life.

Lucky Money


Lucky Money in Vietnamese called “Li xi” is a little new cash put in a red envelope (Photo: Internet)

The significance of lucky money is that it symbolizes the wish of luck & successful in the new year, not quantity inside. In the past, it was presented just to the children. Now it is given lớn anyone as a way to express best wishes for the new year.

Going To Pagoda And Temple


Going to the pagodomain authority at Lunar New Year is a beautiful Vietnamese custom (Photo: Internet)

Traditionally, during the first three days of the Lunar New Year, Vietnamese people go lớn pagodas và temples lớn pray for health, happiness & good fortune in the year ahead. This activity not only shows the aspirations for a happy & prosperous life but also the chance for Vietnamese to lớn go bachồng khổng lồ their roots.

Above all, time to lớn Vietnamese Tet holiday is counting down. In this New Year, I wish you achieved all of your goals in life, & get success at every step of life, enjoy a wonderful 2021. HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR – THE YEAR OF XIN CHOU.

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