Right now, friends and families throughout Vietnam are celebrating the Tet Nguyen Dan, or “Tet” as it is more commonly known.
Tet is the biggest and most popular festival of the year
Tet is the biggest and most popular festival of the year, and marks the beginning of the lunar New Year. Closely associated with the Chinese zodiac, this year, 2015, is a “Year of Goat.”
Preparation for the Tet holiday is a special and significant affair and begins well in advance of the holiday. Many Vietnamese cook special holiday foods and thoroughly clean their own home as well as the gravesites of their ancestors. Vietnamese begin cleaning early in an effort to get rid of bad luck before the New Year begins. One can not sweep during the holiday because one would be sweeping away the good luck. Painting one’s home, polishing all kitchen utensils and planting new flowers is common. Many people, especially children, purchase new clothes and shoes to wear on the first day of the year.
The first person to visit your home during Tet is considered a forecast of the coming year
During Tet, Vietnamese people visit their relatives and temples, attempt to make peace with anyone whom they have a grudge against, and hope for a better upcoming year. The first person to visit your home is considered a forecast of the coming year. Thus, the first visitor of the year is usually an invited guest who has been carefully chosen.
Along the same idea, New Year is considered to be a lucky time to begin a business venture, such as opening a shop.
Another well-known – and popular – custom during Tet is to put money in a red envelope and give it as a gift to children.
To all our friends in Vietnam, we wish you a safe and prosperous Tet!
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