Vietnam is a country with thousands of years of history, it is not strange to mention Vietnam as a country with its own culture and identity. Coming to Vietnam, tourists always want to enjoy the culture imbued with national identity as well as to witness and reflect for themselves about the cultural activities of the Vietnamese people. Referring to Vietnamese culture, I think of colorful festivals, always crowded and busy. It can be said that the festival represents a cultural area that only when people come to Vietnam can they see it clearly. This is also one of the characteristics of the Vietnamese spiritual world, a national cultural heritage, thereby expressing the character, shape, and identity of the Vietnamese nation. When it comes to festivals and spirituality, it is impossible not to mention the traditional Vietnamese New Year.
For Vietnamese people, the traditional Tet holiday is the most sacred and important holiday of the year, an opportunity for children and grandchildren in the family to gather, reunite as well as look towards their roots and ancestors. It is believed that Tet is the time when people and gods meet, through which the gods will see, hear, and understand people’s wishes and bless them. Besides, like I said, Tet is when we all look towards our ancestors and grandparents. Therefore, the custom of sweeping the grave and kicking the bar is indispensable before Tet. Many people also believe that the first days of the new year always bring luck and fortune to them, and that luck also sprouts on the sprouts. Therefore, Vietnamese people often have the habit of plucking fresh branches or flowers to bring home with the desire to receive early spring blessings.
If the West has an Easter holiday, in Vietnam there is also a Lunar New Year with a similar meaning. Vietnamese people often take Tet as a day of thanksgiving. In the jubilant and joyful atmosphere of Tet, children return to reunite and thank their parents for their upbringing, and parents thank their ancestors for blessing the whole family during the past year. In the family it is like that, in the company, employees give thanks to their superiors, colleagues and vice versa, leaders thank their employees for their hard work and dedication during the past time.
Obviously, the Vietnamese people with thousands of years of civilization will not be able to greet the New Year’s Eve momentarily. In contrast, Vietnam maintains and absorbs a lot of good customs on the occasion of traditional New Year holidays. The most focused in the preparation of Tet is probably the ancestor worshiping rice tray. Depending on the area, the ancestor worshiping tray will be arranged differently. Different from the usual rice tray, the ancestral offering tray is indispensable for dishes such as chicken, sticky rice with tea, banh chung, fatty meat, pickled onions, and other typical dishes depending on the region. Vietnamese families will worship their ancestors at the most sacred moment of the year – that is when the clock strikes at exactly 0:00 on the 30th day – early morning on the 1st of the Lunar New Year. In addition to the ancestral tray of rice, the ancestral altar is often displayed with a tray of five fruits, fresh flowers and sweets.
The year-end meal is also an indispensable custom on New Year’s Day. Usually, the year-end meal will be held on the afternoon of the 30th of Tet – when all the work is done. Similar to the tray of rice offerings to ancestors, the year-end rice tray also has all kinds of dishes such as banh chung, silk rolls, pickled onions,… over here, children and grandchildren also have the opportunity to show their respect and filial piety to their grandparents. , parents, and adults in the family can also care and ask questions of children and grandchildren. The meaning of the year-end rice tray is to wash away the bad omens of the old year, welcome new and good things for the new year.
Each country and nation has its own customs and practices, and the Vietnamese traditional New Year has become a symbol, a unique cultural beauty of Vietnamese people and has been preserved for generations. now on. Experiencing historical upheavals, Tet still retains its inherent culture and values. As a Vietnamese, no matter where you go or do anything, your heart always turns to your national roots, towards the traditional Vietnamese New Year.