For many generations, among the religious customs of the Vietnamese people on the Lunar New Year, erecting a tree in front of the house has become a beauty for Vietnamese people and people.

Vietnamese fairy tales have both a fascinating story about “The legend of the tree on Tet holiday” and many myths. Once upon a time:

“Once upon a time the Devil took over the whole country, he was only a hired hand, and gave most of the rice harvested to the Devil. Demons increasingly exploited him too much, cut off his livelihood, so he asked the Buddha for help. Thanks to the Buddha’s magic, the shadow of the robe covered the entire land, causing the Devil to lose his land and run to the sea.

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Because of the loss of living land, the Devil mobilized his troops to rob, but still lost. Before leaving, the Devil asked the Buddha for permission to go to the mainland for one day to visit the grave of his father’s ancestors. Buddha pity should promise.

Therefore, every year, according to the custom, on the occasion of the Lunar New Year, the days when the Devil visits the mainland, people follow the old custom to plant a tree so that the devil does not come to the occupants’ place.

On the tree, there is a hanging ground, there is a sound when the wind shakes to remind the demons to listen and avoid. On the top of the tree also tied a bunch of pandan leaves or banyan branches… to scare the devil. In addition, people also draw bows and arrows pointing to the east and sprinkle lime powder on the ground in front of the door on New Year’s Day to ban the Devil’s door.

Therefore, every Tet holiday, every house will set up a tree, and on the tree will hang lanterns in the evening to light the way for the ancestors’ spirits to return to celebrate Tet with their children and grandchildren. Thereby, expressing the noble meaning of the Vietnamese people – that is the spirit of filial piety, remembrance of ancestors.

In addition to erecting a tree, during Tet, Vietnamese people also have a tradition of hanging couplets. In folklore, couplets have thousands of years of history.

In the past, on every New Year’s Eve and spring, almost every family, rich or poor, would hang a pair of red couplets in front of the ancestral altar, or at the house’s pillar or at the gate.

In addition to the decorative function, the couplets also express the wishes of the owner for a peaceful, prosperous and prosperous new year. This is a beautiful custom, a unique and indispensable ritual in the traditional Tet holiday of the nation.

With the above article, I hope to give you a more complete look at the custom of planting and hanging trees on New Year’s Day.