The Lunar New Year is the biggest festival in the traditional festivals of Vietnam, is the point of intersection between the old year and the new year, between a cycle of operation of heaven and earth, all things and plants.

The Vietnamese Lunar New Year has a profound human meaning, expressing the longevity of life and people’s longing for the harmony of Heaven – Earth – Human. Lunar New Year is the expression of the relationship between people and nature in the spirit of agricultural culture; with clans and villages in the ethnic community; with divine and sublime faith in spiritual life…

Những phong tục truyền thống Tết Nguyên Đán của người Việt

Vietnamese people have the custom that every year when Tet comes, no matter what job, anywhere, they hope to return to reunite under the family home for 3 days of Tet, to pray in front of the ancestral altar, visit the church, the grave, the well, the yard,… to relive the fond memories of the beloved childhood. “Going home to celebrate Tet”, it is not an ordinary concept of going or returning, but a pilgrimage to the origin, where the umbilical cord is buried.

According to the Vietnamese concept, the first New Year’s Day is a day of reunion, reunion, the relationship between neighbors and neighbors is expanded, binding each other into a common morality for the whole society: family affection, the relationship between teachers and students, patients and doctors, matchmakers who have formed a couple, old friends…

Tet is also a day to reunite with those who have passed away. From dinner on the 30th night, before New Year’s Eve, families burned incense to invite the spirits of their grandparents and ancestors and deceased relatives to eat and enjoy Tet with their children and grandchildren.

In every Vietnamese family, the ancestral altar has a very important position. The altar of ancestors on Tet holiday is the expression of the Vietnamese people’s remembrance and respect for their ancestors and deceased relatives with carefully selected five-fruit trays; a tray with many delicious dishes or familiar dishes of the deceased.

From now until the end of Tet, the incense smoke on the ancestors’ altar mingles with the sacred atmosphere of cosmic harmony, making people more attached to their families than ever. After the Lunar New Year, life begins a new cycle of a year. Everyone returns to their daily work, bringing with them the warm family feelings gained during the Tet holidays to look forward to the joys in life and new successes in the future.

et is the first day of the new year, everyone has the opportunity to review old things and “make new” things. New work can be started in terms of cleaning, whitewashing, painting and decorating the house. The floors are cleaned, the candlesticks and incense burners are polished. Tables and chairs are cleaned. Adults and children alike showered and put on new clothes. This is also an opportunity for people to renew emotionally and spiritually so that the relationship with their loved ones is closer, the spirit is more comfortable and joyful… Many debts are paid off before passing. new Year. For each person, sorrows and quarrels are put aside. At least three days of Tet, everyone laughs together, speaks slowly and politely to look forward to a good relationship throughout the coming year.