Vietnamese New Year: The Biggest Traditional Holiday of the Year

Topics: New Year, Fireworks, New Year's Eve Pages: 3 (953 words) Published: February 18, 2013
Hung Truong
ENGL 098
Remembering an Event
In Vietnam, just like here in the United States of America there are many holidays. But Vietnamese New Year is the biggest traditional holiday of the year. It is the first and last moments of a year and it’s a time for families to gather all together on New Year Eve with the firecrackers, special food. This also is the opportunity for students like me to meet old friends after one year abroad, to embrace of lovers after a long year of waiting.

I was born in Vietnam and lived there about 26 years, so I never forget Vietnamese New Year over there. When I see the last day of the Lunar calendar, I feel emotional, happy and warm. All memories of New Year's childhood flashed on the lines of emotion. Though now I am far away, but I will never forget the last celebration of Vietnamese New Year since I came to the U.S. According to each area of the country, Vietnamese have different ways to celebrate Vietnamese New Year. Although I am a Vietnamese, I don’t know how families in other parts of my country welcome the Vietnamese New Year. My family lived in Southern Vietnam and we celebrated Vietnamese New Year in the following way.

Before New Year, on the twenty-ninth of December in Lunar Calendar, we start decorating our house and preparing food for the holiday. My father and I are responsible for tidying up our house. Quickly, my house becomes splendid with a very beautiful apricot blossom full of sweet-smelling blooming flowers in the middle of living room. On the branches, we also put some lovely greeting cards which make the tree more beautiful. My mom packed Chung cakes because my mom is very skilled in packing the cakes. Thing I like the most was that my family was sitting around and watching her packing Chung cakes. Vietnamese New Year in my language is Tet. The atmosphere of Tet in my family at that time was busy and happy. My sister and I went to the market...
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