New Year customs enrich Vietnamese culture
Peach blossoms are a symbol of spring in northern Vietnam (Source: VNA)
The first visitor of the New Year is very important to
Vietnamese because they he or she is believed to decide the luck of the host
for the entire year. Traditionally, the visitor is a member of the family or a
to historian Le Van Lan, as the nation's economy depends so much on farming,
the earth was very important. The Xong dat, (first visit to a land) custom has
its roots in this belief.
It is thought
that if the land is good, the house is built on it is good and the family who
lives on it will have good luck. The custom is also an occasion for people
"to show love to the Mother Land,"
dat custom originally aimed to show one's love for the earth. It is a sacred
connection and can't be turned into a service, said historian Lan.
"Traditionally, the person who is the first visitor of the house must have
a pure soul and be genuine. It should be someone from your family," he
money on the occasion of New Year, with desires that better things will happen
in future, has become an indispensable custom of the Vietnamese during the
Lunar New Year (Tet) festival.
New Year festival, the elderly normally congratulate kids on becoming a year
older by presenting them with very nice and small red paper envelopes which
symbolise luck and good fortune.
to the custom, the money given on the advancement in age is brand new and of
low face value, but bears wishes for growth and successful study.
pagodas at the beginning of Lunar New Year has become an age-old tradition of
streets in Hanoi are less crowded on the first day of New Year, a stream of
people goes on a pilgrimage at Tay Ho, Tran Quoc pagodas or Ngoc Son and Quan
religious destinations, Tay Ho pagoda attracts the largest number of visitors
from both in and outside Hanoi with several thousand each day during Tet
offering shops in the entrance leading to the pagoda are overcrowded with
visitors on the occasion.
half of the first lunar month is the best time for a pilgrimage. Joining the
flow of devotees in spring’s wonderful atmosphere you may feel the harmony of
the sky and the earth.-VNA