Topics: Tết, Vietnam, Chinese New Year Pages: 2 (661 words) Published: April 25, 2013
Tet holiday is the biggest annual celebration of Vietnam. This special holiday is held in the first three days of the lunar calendar. By history, Vietnam was influenced by China’s culture for many years. Therefore, the Chinese New Year and Vietnamese New Year have many similarities. Tet is occasion for people to reunite together, welcome a new coming year with good health, lucks and success. The celebration just last in some days but preparation starts from the days before lunar New Year’s Day. Before Tet holiday, people have to buy and prepare a lot of items carefully. The first thing people have to do is that they clean the house and decorate their house with many different colors. Usually, they buy apricot blossom or cherry setting before their house in order that their house are more beautiful. Moreover, they also buy some foods, drinks and new clothes for their children. In addition, they also prepare to cook some traditional foods on Tet holiday such as meat stock with eggs. The most important things people have to remember is money because on the first day of Lunar Year, the old people have to give money to the child. As a child, receiving money is their favorite part on Tet holiday. The traditional customs play a significant role on Tet holiday. The first customs is that the members of family gather to welcome the New Year’s Eve when they prepare candles, tray of five fruits such as cluster figs, mango, coconut, custard apple and papaya. Moreover, they need have incense for the gods. Next, they enjoy the colorful fireworks together. The second custom is that on the first day of New Year, they go to pagodas or churches in order to pray for health and peace. Then, they give the best wishes for parents, and they will receive the lucky money. The third custom is that on the second day of New Year, they visit their relatives and have the best wishes together. After that, they have a reunited party. The next day, students will visit...
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