We were talking about what traditions do we miss the most from our cultures and Chi mentioned the unique way they celebrate the Vietnamese New Year. The Vietnamese New Year marks the arrival of spring based on the Lunar calendar, a lunisolar calendar. The name Tet Nguyen Dan is Sino-Vietnamese for Feast of the very First Morning. Tet takes place from the first day of the first month of the Lunar calendar (around late January or early February) until at least the third day. Many Vietnamese prepare for Tet by cooking special holiday foods and cleaning their house, yes haha cleaning the house! There are a lot of customs practiced during Tet such as visiting a person’s house on the first day of the new year (xông nhà), ancestral worship, wishing New Year’s greetings, giving lucky money to children and elderly people and opening a shop. As opposed to Vietnam, we in Peru, celebrate the new year as most of other countries do, the first day of January a huge dinner and some customs such as eating grapes for having good luck in the upcoming year or wearing specific colors in our clothes that symbolize things such as peace, love, hope, etc.
Was good to know how new year’s celebration vary from one country to other despite the fact we found our cultures kind of similar in some other aspects.