International Newspapers Introduce Vietnamese’s Tet Holiday
Talking about the meaning of Tet, the Know Insiders website said that, among all Vietnamese holidays, the Lunar New Year is the most important holiday. This is the beginning of the lunar new year. Tet holidays are different every year but usually fall between mid-January and late February.
Vietnamese cuisine is a part of the beauty of Vietnamese culture. The diverse cuisine and the custom of preparing traditional Vietnamese Tet dishes have contributed to the country's rich cuisine.
|Lunar New Year, also known as Tet Nguyen Dan, is a festival with long-standing cultural significance in Vietnam.
"Lunar New Year, also known as Tet Nguyen Dan, is a festival with long-standing cultural significance in Vietnam. Tet is associated with the warmth of family gatherings, the joy of exchanging gifts, and the variety of traditional dishes enjoyed during Tet. Families will prepare Tet feasts to welcome and wish each other a happy new year as well as welcome relatives and friends to gather around,” the website said.
Lunar New Year has an important meaning for Vietnamese people. In the days leading up to Tet, many cities and towns held flower markets, where people could buy flowers and decorations for their homes. One of the most famous flower markets is held in Ho Chi Minh City, where thousands of people gather to buy flowers and enjoy the festive atmosphere.
The Tet holiday also features a variety of traditional performances and spectacular displays, such as lion dances and dragon dances. In some major cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, a large display of fireworks will be held during the Tet Festival. In addition, musical performances of traditional folk songs and opera are an awesome sight to see. These performances are often accompanied by traditional music and are intended to bring good luck and prosperity in the coming year.
Know Insiders said that Vietnamese families often spend a lot of time cleaning and decorating their homes before Tet. This means clearing away the bad luck of the past year and preparing for a new beginning.
Vietnamese people also pay respect to their ancestors during Tet by cleaning the family altar, displaying and offering flowers and fruits, expressing their hearts, and remembering deceased family members. The altars are cleaned before Tet, and new offerings and decorations are added.
Many international newspapers also published articles about Vietnam's Tet holiday. History website wrote, “Vietnamese people will decorate their houses with kumquat trees, peach blossoms, chrysanthemums, orchids, and red gladiolus on each occasion. The house will be cleaned before Tet to remove bad luck from the previous year and welcome good things in the new year.”
|Fireworks in Hanoi. Photo: Doan Quoc Tuan
Vietnamese families also decorate five-fruit trays with diverse cuisines such as banh chung, spring rolls, and sticky rice. Families will give young children red envelopes to bring good luck and fortune. Meanwhile, Laweekly also mentioned culinary culture during the Lunar New Year in Vietnam. According to the newspaper, during Tet, many Vietnamese families gather together for meals and participate in traditional activities such as going to temples, giving gifts to each other, and playing games.
French news site Sortira Paris also said that the Lunar New Year is the biggest holiday of the year for Vietnamese people. This is a tradition maintained through many generations. The article also suggests places to celebrate Tet in Paris for international friends who want to learn about Vietnamese culture.
|Tet Nguyen Dan is an important cultural celebration in Vietnam. Photo: Vietnam Plus
Tet Nguyen Dan is an important cultural celebration in Vietnam. It is a significant time for families to come together and celebrate the New Year with traditional foods, entertainment, and performances. Tet is a symbol of hope and optimism, expressing Vietnamese people's great respect for traditions and ebullient expectations of the future, and it is an important part of Vietnam's rich cultural heritage.
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