The Vietnamese New Year
Generally the New Year is celebrated on the night between the last day of December and the first of January. though not always, because some countries adopt the lunar or lunisolar ; among them China has the most famous, for its spectacular celebrations.
Also the fascinating oriental country Vietnam adopts this kind of calendar that usually places the celebration of the new year between the end of January and the begin of February, but the date varies every year.
The Vietnamese New Year, commonly known as Tet, is celebrated on the same day of the Chinese one. It’s popular in this nation also because in 1968, during the bloody Vietnam War the “Tet Offensive” happened.
This year, Tet has been celebrated on Saturday, January 28. The Year of the Rooster began, according to the lunar calendar that is inspired by Chinese astrology, the years are identified with the name of real or mythical animals, such as dog-horse -snake-dragon and not with numbers, 2015-2016-2017 …
Since ancient times the Vietnamese were inspired by the culture and traditions of the “Middle Kingdom”: China. In fact New Year celebrations are common for the two countries which literally stop on this important anniversary.
At midnight on January 27, million Vietnamese, Chinese and Asians around the world celebrated the turn of the year which is started on January 28. So in Hanoi, Saigon but also in Paris and San Francisco, a lot of Asian and non-Asian people too, could admire the traditional procession of the dragon.
Usually this mythical animal is venerated in Asia as a symbol of strength and power. It’s made with paper/cardboard and red fabric; the red color is considered beneficial. The dragon is long up to 40 meters… that spectacular procession!
In Vietnam, but also in China, the New Year is also called “Spring Festival”. according to tradition, on this important day, the souls of the dead return to earth! No Vietnamese waiver of this festivity and every family gathers in front of the altar of the ancestors to honor them…
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