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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Lunar New Year holiday in Viet Nam (Tet holiday)

Lunar New Year holiday in Viet Nam (Tet holiday)
I would like to introduce you one of the most important holidays in Vietnam which is Lunar New Year holiday. Officially, the holiday includes 1st, 2nd, and 3rd day in Lunar Calendar, but everyone often spend nearly a month to enjoy the holiday’s atmosphere. Tet holiday is an occasion for everyone for family reunite and celebration of the New Year together. All the best things are prepared during Tet holiday so that people can ensure the life during this year is good.
On the New Year’s Day, the first ones who come to visit household are called first foot and are very important so they need to be chosen carefully to ensure that they will bring good lucks to the family. There is a saying in Vietnam: “First day is Father’s Tet, Second day is Mother‘s, Third day is Teacher’s”. On the first day, Vietnamese will visit their parents on husband’s side on. On the second day, they turn to the parent on wife’s side and lastly, they spend their third day to visit their teachers.
During Tet holiday, Vietnamese will give lucky money to each other to wish for happiness and healthiness. Also, they go to pagoda to pray for a good year to come. All in all, Tet is the time for all coming back to origins, wishing for all best things to each other. Next week, the New Lunar Year will come in Vietnam. If you stay in Vietnam during that time, you will enjoy the Tet ‘atmosphere.

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