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TRAVEL TIPS Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Vietnamese customs on Tet holiday.

Nowadays, Vietnamese people still conserve their valuable custom on Tet holiday.Let home a look at their interesting custom!

Nowadays, the busy life style makes some people, espcially the youth, forget about the value of Vietnamese traditional Tet holiday. Fortunately, most of Vietnamese families still conserve this valuable trandition. Let have a look at some of the Vietnamese custom on Tet holiday.

Folk painting.

Among all the Vietnamese Tet paintings, the most varied and unique one is the folk painting.

Dong Ho folk paiting.
Dong Ho folk paiting.

 

Dong Ho trade village is the most well-known village of folk painting. Dong Ho paintings are made from rhamnoneuron paper and paint colour refined from various  kinds of natural materials. In ancient days, Dong Ho  paintings were extremely famous because of their reasonable price and their beauty as well.

The Mouse Wedding.
The Mouse Wedding.

 

Each folk painting has its own meaning and represent different state of mind. The painting “Mouse wedding” above represents a funny example of the relationship between the strong and the weak.

Some siganatures of Tet holiday.

Tet season.

Tet season happens from January 23 (Lunar Calendar) to Jan 30 (Lunar New year’s Eve). Every corner of the country becomes so much more crowded than usual. People go shopping alot to prepare for Tet. You can feel the Tet holiday atmostphere in literally everywhere, such  as markets, shopping malls, airports, train stations, etc.

Tet Markets.

Flower market.
Flower market.

 Tet markets are markets that are only available on Tet holiday and sell specialities made for Tet. Some Tet markets that you can easily see on the street are flower markets, fruit markets, tranditional foods markets, etc. Tet markets are opened 24/24 on 

Tet season and closed before the New year’s Eve. Going to Tet markets at night are some people’s great interest.

Tet traditional foods: There are four tranditional foods that are indispensable on Tet meals.

Kiệu - dried leek soaked in vinegar with sugar.

Kiệu - usually eaten with Chung cake.
Kiệu - usually eaten with Chung cake.

 

Stew meat with coconut water.

Stew meat with egg.
Stew meat with egg.

 

Pickled bean sprouts.

Vietnamese customs on Tet holiday.

 

Girdle-cake

Vietnamese customs on Tet holiday.

 

Tet colour.

Distich on the street.
Distich on the street.

 

Red lantern
Red lantern

 Affected by Chinese culture, Vietnamese people mainly use red - which represents luck and wealthy -  on Tet holiday, from distich, calendar, flowers,... to clothes they have on.

Why Vietnamese people avoid taking out rubbish on first three days of Tet ?

 

Try not to take rubbish out of your house.
Try not to take rubbish out of your house.

 

Accroading to a folktale, once a upon a time, there was a trader who was give a monkey from a deity. That monkey brought luck and made him become rich after few years. On first day of Tet, he hit the monkey, it hid under the rubbish and dissapeared. From that day, the trader went back to being poor again. That is why Vietnam people always try not to throw rubbish out of their house on first three days of Tet holiday.

First thing to write on Tet holiday.

Vietnamese customs on Tet holiday.

The first thing you write on Tet holiday is thing you wish for your new year. Usually, people don’t just write it whenever they want, they have to choose the day and time very carefully. They believe what they write will bring luck to them and people in their family.

The meaning of Tet.

Vietnamese customs on Tet holiday.

To Vietnamese people, Tet is their most sacred occasion. Tet is a chance for family member to gather together, to reunion. It’s also the time for people to refresh, to say apologize or show greatfulness. It brings hope and happiness to all the people, make them believe in the better year ahead.

 

 

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