Vietnamese Lunar Newyear

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Vietnamese Lunar New Year Viet Nam celebrates a lot of holidays in a year. In my opinion, Vietnamese Lunar New Year, also called Tet Nguyen Dan, is the most important and joyful holiday. It is celebrated on the first day of the first month in Lunar Calendar. Tet’s celebration is the longest holiday that has usually lasted for six days. Tet Nguyen Dan is an occasion for Vietnamese people to express their respect and remembrance for their ancestor as well as welcoming the New Year with their beloved family members. On December 30th , all of family members gather to have a big last meal for the old year, sharing all feeling, experiences gained through the whole year together. They tell each other their happy or even sad stories . Three days before Tet, Vietnamese people usually clean their houses carefully, polish every utensil, and decorate the house with many colors: Mai trees with yellow or white flowers, Peach-blossom branches with pink flowers, Watermelon with green color, and votive papers with red color. To celebrate Tet, parents usually buy children new clothes and shoes to wear on the first day of New Year. Besides, Vietnamese people cook or buy many Vietnamese good food. For example, Banh Chung, a rice cake, stuffed it with cooked bean paste and ground meat in the middle, boiled chicken, picked onions, and Vietnamese sausage. According to Vietnamese traditional custom, on the first three day of the New Year, Vietnamese people visit paternal side on the first day, maternal on the second day, teachers on the third day. After that, they come and see their relatives, friends, and neighbors. Although all of my families have been living in the United States, we usually try to get together to celebrate Vietnamese Lunar New Year every year. To do so, we try to educate our offspring how to remember and preserve Vietnamese traditional

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