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|Posted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 Post subject: Vietnamese New Year - Tet Holiday
|The Vietnamese New Year, or as locally known, Tet Nguyen Dan or simply Tet, will take place on 16 February 2018. The day is also called Feast of the First Morning or shortly Tet and is the most important Vietnamese holiday. It is the feast of the new year after the moon calendar.
The Vietnamese New Year (Tet) will take place on 16 February 2018. The day is also called Feast of the First Morning or shortly Tet and is the most important Vietnamese holiday. It is the feast of the new year after the moon calendar. The Vietnamese New Year festival is celebrated from the first to the third day of the first month of the Lunar calendar. According to European time, these data are approximately in the period of the zodiac Aquarius.
Traditionally, Vietnamese visit their family and temples on this day. There are also special food to celebrate this occasion. New Year means, at the same time, the start of spring in Vietnam. The New Year tree is an important part of the Tet holiday. Cleaning is forbidden during the New Year’s feast – otherwise, according to Vietnamese popular beliefs, happiness will be swept out of the house.
Tet, the Vietnamese new year, which is best expressed by the Vietnamese cultural identity, is the New Year’s festival, also known as Tet. Popular festivals often play a significant role when it comes to reflecting and preserving national cultural identity of Vietnam. However, January the 1st, is also widely celebrated as a New Year’s Day, but, the country’s main and most celebrated new years is Tet, the Vietnamese New Year.
The word “Tet” comes from its Chinese root. This is a phonetic deformation of “Tiet,” a Sino-Vietnamese term, which means “the union of a bamboo star”, or more freely translates as “the beginning of the year”. The transition from one period to the next can bring meteorological changes (heat, rain, fog) that are to be accompanied by ritual sacrifices and festivities. So, there are several “tets” in the year (Mid-Autumn Vietnamese New Year, Cold Food Vietnamese New Year, etc.). But the most important of all is “Vietnamese New Year” or “Tet Nguyen Dan “).
When is Vietnamese New Year (TET)
16 February 2018
5 February 2019
If you travel to Vietnam during the Vietnamese New Year will take place in the last ten days of January, or in the first 20 days of February, in the period between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. Although the moon-dependent New Year is common throughout East Asia, each country celebrates it in its own way and according to its own national condition and its own culture. For the Vietnamese people, the Vietnamese New Year (Tet) is a mixture of Western New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving. It is the feast of purity and renewal. Nature is constantly renewing its youth, returning to its original youth and freshness. The people who are also part of nature follow the same rite.
The Vietnamese New Year, which also marks the first day of spring, reveals the symbolism of the rebirth, which is also in the Easter festival. In the course of this period of universal renewal and rejuvenation, the Vietnamese peoples feel this spring break also in themselves. This feeling is also the cornerstone for special customs: every act, which is carried out during the three days of the Vietnamese New Year, should come into reality with well-meaning motifs As it is to be symbolic and forward-looking for actions in the next twelve months. Dishonesty or swearing should be avoided on these days. Even the most quarrelsome mother-in-law smokes the Peace Whistle with her sister-in-law during the Vietnamese New Year. Quarreling husbands buried their quarrel at this time. Children promise to be brave and adults give the children little presents – mostly coins, which are wrapped in scarlet paper, since red is the color of happiness. Also the children get new clothes and beggar alms. The “New World” is supposed to be the best of all worlds. As soon as the holy, silent time is over, the action begins again in a new frame, after opening celebrations: the “stamp celebration” for state servants, the “feather sponge celebration” for students and pupils, the ” For traders. For Vietnamese, the Tet New Year is a customer of trust in humanity and goes hand in hand with salvation, hope and optimism.