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
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 February 11 this year.
Dong Ho folk painting artisans in the Song Ho village of Thuan Thanh district, the northern province of Bac Ninh are increasingly busy during the days immediately preceding the Lunar New Year (Tet), as more and more people have become fascinated by this centuries-old art form.
The Vietnamese Museum of Ethnology will host a festival to promote the traditional ceremonies and daily life of ethnic minority groups on February 22 and 23 in celebration of the impending Lunar New Year (Tet).
Spring has filled Mong ethnic minority villages in the northern province of Hoa Binh with peach and plum blossoms and the melodious sounds of the khen (panpipe), colouring the Lunar New Year (Tet) festival.
“Gia ra” is the biggest festival in a year for the Cor ethnic minority group, who live mainly in the central province of Quang Ngai’s Tay Tra and Tra Bong districts as they mark the end of a rice crop, traditionally lasting one year.
Approximately five kilometres off the centre of Tay Giang district, the Porning village which has a population of 500, still preserves the traditional culture, arts and customs of their ancestors. In fact, even some of the practices in their community are based on the past rituals of their forefathers.