See more : 7 unique traditions in Tet holiday in Vietnam
1/Lunar new Year (Tet Nguyen Dan)This is the most important festival in Vietnam. It is held on the first day of January based on Lunar Calendar. It can be described as the combination of Christmas, New Year’s Eve and Thanksgiving. It is the period of time in a year for all family members to reunite in order to greet the new lunar year together in the hope of good fortune and happiness. Thus, people who are far from their house will come back home to join the happiness and gather with their family. During the 3 days of Tet, Vietnamese people pay visits to their relatives, friends and neighbors. In exchange of wishes for longevity, health and wealth, adults give “li xi” (lucky money), which are put in small red envelopes together with wishing them fast growing-up and intelligence. Fireworks, unicorn dances, music shows and flower fairs are often held everywhere to celebrate this special occasion.
There is a saying in Vietnam, “Father’s Tet is on the First Day of New Year, Mother’s Tet is on the Second, and Teacher’s is on the Third”. It can be explained as, on the first day, Vietnamese visit their parents on the husband’s side on; on the second day, they turn to parents on the wife’s side; and lastly, they spend their third day of Tet visiting their teachers.
2/Mid-Autumn Festival (Tet Trung Thu)This festival falls on the fifteen day of the eighth lunar month. Every Vietnamese is longing for the day that the Moon is the largest and brightest, when they feel like they are not only a practical creature but a romantic one and a beauty part of the whole universe. The full moon represents fullness and prosperity of life.
Children parade on the streets, while singing and carrying colourful lanterns in different shapes and sizes. Dances are also traditional, and include the dragon dance and the flower dance.
3/Hung King Temple FestivalIt takes place from the 8th to 11th day of the third lunar month in the year. It is a traditional festival which honours the first King of Vietnam - King Hung. This is when all Vietnamese people remember their origin and express their respect as well as gratitude to ancestor of Vietnamese people. During the festival, Vietnamese people from all over the country head for King Hung Temple on Nghia Linh Mountain, Phu Tho Province to take part in this historical and meaningful festival.
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