Tet Holiday

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Time flies and my first semester at the university has already finished at the end of January, leading to my most wanted and longest holiday each year - Tet. It is also known as Lunar New Year Eve in many Eastern countries. On the way back to my hometown, I could not help being so excited for this special vacation after a long time of studying in Hanoi. Tet was such an interesting and memorable holiday to me.

To get ready for this celebration, a number of items must be bought and prepared. It is not happened to be called “National cleaning festival” because everyone, especially moms, wants their houses to be as cleanest as possible to welcome a new year coming. This hard-working task seemed to disappoint anyone but it was not the same to me. What made me more interested was to decorate my house with peach blossoms, lanterns and flowers. Hardly a single word could describe my parents’ pride when they saw my beautiful decoration. Moreover, dad and mom usually bought new clothes for me and my brother as small gifts to celebrate New Year Eve with brand-new looks. Another rationale for the preparation for Tet lies in “chung cake”. Family members gathered together around cooking fire for not only boiling this special cake but also talking and feeling the cozy atmosphere with the whole family after a busy year… Preparation for Tet really brought us a great deal of joys and happiness.

The midnight of December 31st in lunar calendar, which is also known as Lunar New Year Eve is believed to be the most significant stage of the whole holiday. Due to the deep-rooted opinion in the Eastern countries, roosters with good-looking cockscombs would be chosen to make offerings to the ancestors. We could not help being so excited when radiant fireworks were set off in the night sky at 12pm. It seemed that everyone did not want to spare any memorable moments at the beginning of the brand-new year, attentively watching fireworks. In addition to give traditional Tet greetings to...
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