Though the country has since 1995 banned the sale and use of fireworks and other explosive pyrotechnic devices among the public over safety concerns, many local governments including Ho Chi Minh City continue to put up annual fireworks shows to entertain citizens, as permitted by law. … [Read more...] about Ho Chi Minh City confirms first Tet fireworks over Vietnam’s tallest building
Tran Huu Son, Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Folklore Arts, said, “Ethnic groups now observe the New Year celebration with modified traditional features. In the past, for example, they avoided welcoming guests on the first day of the New Year, particularly women. Now they will receive guests in the afternoon.” … [Read more...] about Tet of ethnic groups
An integral part of the family ancestor altar is the mam ngu qua, the fruit tray with five different fruits. For Vietnamese, the mam ngu qua is an intrinsic aspect of Tet, as a presentation of their religious, philosophical and aesthetic beliefs. According to Oriental philosophy, the universe is composed of five basic elements: metal, wood, water, fire and earth. Each of the fruit in the Tet fruit tray symbols for one of these elements. As for fruit arrangers, the number of displayed fruits are not important, but the color of the fruits. Mother often chooses five fruits with five different colors. A hand of green bananas was arranged in the middle of the tray, topped by a yellow grapefruit; some orange citrus and purple dragon fruits were arranged around; and interspersed among the green bananas will be the red peppers. … [Read more...] about Tet in a Hanoi family: Out with the old, in with the new
“Whether we can awaken the potential and turn it into our resources for national construction and defence depends on the will of the entire Party and nation as well as of each Vietnamese,” the Party and State leader said, expressing his belief that the country would gain greater achievements in 2020. – VNS … [Read more...] about Party, State leader sends New Year wishes to all Vietnamese
Starting any year on the right foot is a crucial skill here in rocking Vietnam. Particularly that custom of who comes to your house first from the beginning of the New Lunar Year and the next day and the day after that. Then come the gifts and visits to the temples and pagodas, the praying for good luck and of course, checking your own luck! … [Read more...] about Happy Lunar New Year from Vietnam!