Discover the Traditional Lunar New Year Holidays the Vietnam
Melodious with the Vietnamese cultural history and geographical climate The Vietnam Lunar New Year, Tết Nguyên Đán is a traditional new year celebrated by the arrival of spring based on the lunar calendar along with distinctive Vietnamese rituals.
Celebration period of Lunar New Year
Late January and early February is the estimated time of rejoicing Lunar New Year Festival hence it is the most important holidays in Vietnam. Nearly a whole month includes the 1st, 2nd and 3rd day in Lunar Calendar, Vietnamese people have fun in the festival.
The ancient story behind of the tradition
Connected to the Chinese corresponding custom the animal symbol is the basic feature of Vietnam’s lunar years as drawing of different animal are found in the decorations of homes, buildings and ancestral tables.
The ancient story is about marriage of a couple Trong Cao and Thi Nhi who endured childless after passing long time together. Because of the family pressure and to maintain social tradition Trong Cao compelled to evict his wife from his life. After a few time his wife remarried to a man named Pham Lang.
Apparently Trong Cao comprehended his mistake and felt an impulse to meet former wife. But he became poor because of the long way back journey which he started to meet his wife. However destiny reunited him with his wife. But in the time of discussion suddenly Thi Nhi’s new husband came back home and she told him to hide in a pile of straw. Alas! Pham Lang kindled the fire in the pile of straw for making fertilizer.
But Trong Cao was burnt because of the fire and eventually dead and in the meantime his wife jumped on the fire. They were both burnt in front of the eyes of Pham Lang. As heard of the story the Jade Emperor declared them as Pham Lang, the Deity of Kitche, Trong Cao, the Deity of Land and House and Thi Nhi as the Deity of Market. It is believed that they all were keeping an eye over of mortals’ for the well-being homes and property on Earth. After that they were returning Heavens on the 23rd day of the final lunar month.
Present age forms of festivity
Afterward a cold and harsh winter when spring comes and brings the thriving trees and flowers then Vietnamese celebrate the festival to show that how they are grateful by the gift of God. Despite that new dress, friends and families are gathered in the house during the festival to farewell the previous year. Cleaning the house and adorned with plenty of accessories is the basic tradition which is performed in the every house in the New Year’s Day Chung cake, Day cake, pork bologna, pickled onion, candied fruits and seeds are prepared for the celebration of the year. In Vietnam who visits the house at first in the lunar year becomes the auspicious person. It is a myth that this person bring good luck for the family.
Basically Lunar New Year celebration is a biggest celebration for Vietnamese people.