Vietnamese New Year Traditions

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Vietnamese New Year Traditions New Year in Vietnam is not only a holiday but also the biggest event of the year. It is tradition of thousand years of history. In Vietnamese, New Year means Nam Moi or Tet Nguyen Dan, which also means “the very first morning”. Nevertheless, people commonly call it Tet as its short form. As traditionally, the holiday lasts three days, starting from January first on lunar calendar. However, the spirit of Tet starts on December twenty third, seven days before Tet’s Eve. It is the day people bid the Kitchen Gods, the genies who live in the kitchens and guard the family, farewell so that they return to heaven and report to the Father God all the good and bad things which have happened in that house. It is…show more content…
Moreover, Tet is a chance for Vietnamese families, relatives and friends to get together. On the first day of Tet, all members in the family dress up in their immaculate clothes to visit their elder’s houses, such as their grandparents and parents’ houses. According to Vietnamese traditions, people believe that the first person who comes to their house on the first day of Tet is very important because his or her destiny can determine the fortune of the family for the whole year. Therefore, people never come to any house on the first day unless they are invited. Householders usually invite people who have good virtue and success, such as their children or grandchildren who are intelligent or successful, to come to their house on the first day, so that they bring luck and success to the family. In some extended families, the chosen children pretend to go out for a few minutes and come back home as if they are the first people come to the house. When coming home, everyone says “Happy New Year” to each other. Children give the elders wishes for their luck and good health for the new year. Then they receive lucky money put in many red envelops from the elders as the wishes for good luck and success in their education and careers. On the second and third days, people visit their relatives and friends. They give all the best wishes to each other and have a good time together. People generally spend their
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