The Lunar New Year is the largest festival in the traditional festivals of Vietnam. The intersection between the old year and the new year, between a cycle of operation of the sky and everything. Vietnamese Lunar New Year is the expression of the relationship between people and nature ; with sacred faith, sublime in the spiritual life …

What is Tet holiday – Vietnam traditional Lunar New Year ?

Lunar New Year (also known as Tet Holiday) is one of the most important festivals of Vietnamese people, according to the cultural influence of Vietnamese Lunar New Year. Every year, Tet is celebrated on the 1st of January according to the lunar calendar in Vietnam and in some other countries where the Vietnamese community lives.

Vietnamese culture – belonging to wet rice agriculture civilization – due to the need for agricultural cultivation, the time in a year into 24 different periods (and for each period, there is a “transitional time”). In which the most important period is the beginning of a cycle of cultivation and sowing, later known as Lunar New Year.

Vietnam Lunar New Year Festival

Vietnam Lunar New Year Festival – Image: Asiatravel agency

Tet Holiday is the first holiday of the year. Tet starts from New Year’s Eve along with the foreclosure ceremony. According to “Han Nom”, Nguyen means starting, Dan is early morning, Vietnamese Lunar New Year means the New Year begins, opening all jobs with all new scenes to welcome the spring. New Year comes, the new luck comes, and many worries and worries of the old year follow.

What is the meaning of Lunar New Year? 

Lunar New Year the communion between heaven and earth

From the perspective of the relationship between man and nature. Tet – represented in alternate seasons – has special significance for a society where the economy still relies on agriculture.

According to popular belief, farmers consider it an opportunity to commemorate the gods of the harvest. Farmers did not forget the animals and plants that helped and nurtured them, from rice to cattle and poultry these days.

Lunar New Year is a reunion day

Vietnamese people have a custom every year when Tet comes. That is no matter what their profession, they want to return to reunite with their families for 3 days of Tet, to pray in front of ancestral altars, tombs …

The Nice Custom of Ancestor Worship During Tet

The Nice Custom of Ancestor Worship During Tet – Image: huongphucan.vn

From the before New Year’s Eve, the families offered incense to the spirits of ancestors to celebrate Tet with their descendants. In every Vietnamese family, the ancestral altar has a very important position. The family altar on Tet holiday is a tribute to the Vietnamese people for their ancestors and deceased relatives.

Lunar New Year is a day of luck, optimism and hope

A lot of people think that the first days of the new year are lucky and good days. Therefore, many people who go to harvest on New Year’s Eve often pick a few fresh flowers to take home with the hope of having good luck. 

We Vietnamese still believe that the meaning of the Lunar New Year is the beginning of a new year. It is an optimistic and hopeful day with much faith. And attached to the meaning of this special Tet holiday, people often renovate their houses to welcome the new year. What is unfortunate, favorable of the old year will be chased away to welcome optimism, new hope will come.

Traditional food for Vietnamese Lunar New Year

Traditional food for Vietnamese Lunar New Year – Image: culinaryvietnam.com

Lunar New Year usually marks the beginning of a long year with new opportunities, challenges and operations. Therefore, many people often go to see the good day, good time to start a business, open for the work of the new year with the hope, hoping to meet more favorable, lucky and successful than the old year. Therefore, the meaning of the Lunar New Year is extremely important when it is the beginning, starting a new year.

Vietnamese Lunar New Year always contains good cultural and human values, giving people spiritual feelings. Let us always appreciate the past and appreciate the future.

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