New Year customs enrich Vietnamese culture
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
Worshipping ancestors, an ancient Vietnamese tradition, is a ritual practice paying tribute to deceased family members and reminding people of their roots.
For most Vietnamese, Tet (Lunar New Year) festival has actually begun with the “Ong Cong - Ong Tao” (Land Genie and Kitchen Gods) ceremony on the 23rd of the last month of the lunar year, which falls on January 20 this year.
No one can count how many markets there are in Vietnam but many agree that they are the vivid reflection of the Vietnamese culture. Markets vary by regions. It is their uniqueness that inspires tourists, a report by The Voice of Vietnam (VOV).
Yen Tu Festival, which is held at the Yen Tu historical relic and landscape area, northern Quang Ninh province, from the tenth day of the Lunar New Year through the end of the third lunar month, has become a big spring festival for Buddhists and tourists nationwide.
Over decades, the image of kites flying over immense rice fields have provided inspiration for many Vietnamese artists and musicians.
As an important occasion for the Dao Do (red Dao) ethnic community in the northern province of Yen Bai, the harvest festival has been preserved for hundreds of years.