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Lunar New Year – the Vietnamese New Year

January 25, 2019 is the Tet Festival, the Vietnamese New Year. The exact date is different each year and is based on the lunar calendar, which differs from the western calendar and is also used in China. In Vietnam, the Tet Festival is the country's most important holiday, comparable to our New Year celebrations. During the Tet period, Vietnam is a holiday for about a week, many restaurants and tourist attractions are closed, and the Vietnamese from the cities often visit their relatives in the countryside. The Vietnamese prepare weeks in advance for the festival, many streets are decorated with flowers and there are big celebrations on the streets.

 

Vor dem Festival

About two weeks before the festival, people start preparing. Parents go shopping, buy new clothes for their children to wear on the current day. All first meals for New Year's Day are pre-cooked. The altar in the house where the ancestors are honored is carefully cleaned and decorated with fresh offerings. Vietnamese believe strongly in the Tet test, they try to pay off all debts before New Year's Day. On the first day of the year, people want to be happy and make others happy because they believe that the same "status" can apply for the rest of the year.

 

About two weeks before the festival, people start preparing. Parents go shopping, buy new clothes for their children to wear on the current day. All first meals for New Year's Day are pre-cooked. The altar in the house where the ancestors are honored is carefully cleaned and decorated with fresh offerings. Vietnamese believe strongly in the Tet test, they try to pay off all debts before New Year's Day. On the first day of the year, people want to be happy and make others happy because they believe that the same "status" can apply for the rest of the year.

It is a traditional Vietnamese custom to visit pagodas and temples just after New Year's Eve. This very first time leaving the house is called "xuất hành đầu năm" in Vietnamese and is said to bring good luck home. In this custom, users carefully select items that correspond to each zodiac, e.g. B. day, time and especially the direction. There are two common directions: “Tai Shen” and “Hei Thin”It is a traditional Vietnamese custom to visit pagodas and temples just after New Year's Eve. This very first time leaving the house is called "xuất hành đầu năm" in Vietnamese and is said to bring good luck home. In this custom, users carefully select items that correspond to each zodiac, e.g. B. day, time and especially the direction. There are two common directions:

 

Gifts

Another interesting activity that Vietnamese people often perform during TET is “li xi” – a red envelope or a red packet with money – [object Window]

 

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