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
Located in Tay Ho district and running along the West Lake's southern bank, Thuy Khue street has preserved its typical rural Vietnamese features of ancient pagodas and village gates.
On the 8th day of the first lunar month (February 26 this year), people flocked to a unique market in Vu Ban district in the northern province of Nam Dinh province to wish for a prosperous and lucky new year.
Vietnamese people are celebrating the new year as the Year of the Goat, the eighth zodiac animal in the lunar calendar.
Whenever the Lunar New Year (Tet) comes, normally from the 23rd of the lunar December to the New Year eve, Vietnamese families visit their ancestors’ tombs and clean gravesites.
The traditional Lunar New Year (Tet) is the biggest and oldest festival in Vietnam, bringing its people together to celebrate the sacred and meaningful annual event.
Amongst many taboos and rituals connected with the Lunar New Year in Vietnam is xong dat, or “first-footing” as the Scots call it.