State, Party, Government leaders pay Tet visits Leaders of the Party, State and Government made Tet visits to residents, authorities, soldiers, religious leaders and other prominent figures in Vietnamese society to wish them a happy Lunar New Year.The senior leaders expressed hope that the entire country would build on the achievements in 2014 and make greater accomplishments in the year ahead.During the days ahead of Tet, as a tradition, the top leaders also paid respects to President Ho Chi Minh, the nation’s liberation hero. Culture and arts events to welcome Lunar New Year across Vietnam In the former imperial city of Hue, a ceremony to erect cay neu, a tall bamboo tree used to ward off evil spirits during Tet, the Vietnamese Lunar New Year, was re-enacted. The 15-metre bamboo pole was carried in a procession from the Hien Nhon Gate through the Thai Hoa Palace to arrive at the Ancestral Temple, where it was put up against a backdrop of ceremonial music and smoke from … [Read more...] about Nhandan Newspaper – February 9-15: Busy week ahead of Lunar New Year
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(Cinet)- Tet Nguyen Dan (Lunar New Year) is a Vietnamese festival beginning on the first day of the first lunar month. It marks the beginning of the lunar new year and the arrival of spring. This traditional festival maintains the national culture. Tet falls sometime between the last ten days of January and the middle part of February. As a nation living on agriculture for many centuries, Tet is a good occasion to associate man with nature. Tet helps farmers relax themselves after twelve working months. In the New Year, everything is nice and bright which can bring good lucks to the following year. All things grow strongly while each Vietnamese person is full of vitality. Tet is also a family and a communal festival. In the old days at Tet, farmers seldom ventured out of the bamboo hedge sourrounding their village; people who could not return home for Tet suffered acute nostalgia. As a rule, all members of the extended family try to spend the holiday (the idiom used is to "eat Tet") … [Read more...] about Lunar New Year and Vietnamese cultural identity
Don't know what souvenirs to select from when visiting Vietnam during the Lunar New Year Tet holiday? These red envelopes and masks are among the things that Vietnamese often buy for the biggest festival of the year. Red envelopes Vietnamese put money into the envelopes and then give them to children and the elderly as lucky money in one of their most important Tet customs: li xi. They also use the envelopes as traditional decorations to hang on their peach or apricot blossom trees. While the envelopes are usually in red, which is a lucky color in Vietnamese folk belief, there are also other colors like yellow and green. They are often decorated with good luck wishes, either in Chinese or Vietnamese, and the year’s zodiac animal. A stack of 10 pieces are often sold at VND20,000-50,000 (US$0.9-2.3). Goat-themed decorations Photo credit: VnExpress Items like figurines and paperweights are themed on goats – the new year’s zodiac animal in Vietnam. At a … [Read more...] about 7 perfect gifts for Vietnamese Lunar New Year
Customers crowded into the Tan Hoang Huong bakery in Santa Ana several days before the lunar new year. Gifts of candies and dried fruit wrapped in red cellophane lined the walls. And the sweet fragrance of banh chung, rice cakes wrapped in banana leaves and stuffed with mung beans and pork belly, filled the air. Ailinh Nguyen had already picked up nine banh chung that she planned to give to her parents and friends, then realized she wanted one more for herself in time for Tet, the Vietnamese lunar new year. So she drove from her home in Mission Viejo back to the bakery Thursday afternoon and squealed with delight as she snapped up the last cake on the counter. "During Tet, you have to eat banh chung because it's tradition," Nguyen said. "I love the taste of banh chung, but to me, [it] tastes more tasteful during Tet." The lunar new year, which was celebrated Sunday, is regarded as the most important cultural holiday among Vietnamese, Chinese and some Koreans. This year they … [Read more...] about Celebrating the new year with a taste of the past
The festive season is a time to celebrate and make merry with family and friends. This year, the two important holidays, Christmas and New Year fall on the weekend so people have more time to relax and enjoy entertainment and dining with family and friends. In the Daily's issues on Dec. 10 & 17, TravelLiving features Chritsmas and New Year programs of hotels and tourist areas under the management of Saigontourist. Here are some more interesting venues for you to choose for your holidays. ENTERTAINMENT ACTIVITIES Christmas decoration at the Atrium Cafe of the Legend Hotel Saigon - Photo: Courtesy of the hotel *September 23 Park in HCMC's District 1: The fifth "Tastes of the World" festival will take place from Dec. 26 until Jan. 2 in the park with 60 booths from 24 countries. Apart from honoring local and international cuisines, the festival features a bartender contest, a ceremony to set Vietnam's record for the biggest banh xeo (pancake), and a cooking contest with … [Read more...] about Where to celebrate Christmas and New Year?