Later, King Hung Vuong VI was traveling through the country and paused under the shade at this spot. The local people told him the story of what had occurred and offered him betel nut wrapped in areca leaf. When he spat out the juice upon the limestone boulder, it turned red, "as bright as blood." The king ordered that from then on, all marriages and other important celebrations would include offerings of betel, lime, and areca, symbolizing the close familial relationship not only of spouses but also of siblings, because they are all bound by blood ties.
The main day that is celebrated in the UK is Christmas Day, on 25th December, though we also have the day off the following day, on Boxing Day, when many people visit friends and extended family.
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Preparations and parties fill the weeks before Tet, building to a crescendo of firecrackers at midnight on the eve of the New Year outside the temples, churches, and community fairs where people have gathered. However, the actual three days of Tet are fairly quiet family affairs. In New Orleans, the days on which Tet falls affect the celebrations. The family as a group is welcoming the ancestors for a visit, and so the whole family is reunited. Most people will go to work or to school if Tet falls on a weekday, and will do their celebrating on the weekends before and after the actual days of Tet. Still, even if Tet falls on a work day or school day, most people will make efforts to start their new year well-avoiding angry words, paying respects to family and important people, and refraining from unlucky actions.
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In Vietnam, people travel to their ancestral villages to gather with their extended family; here in the United States, people try very hard to be with their relatives during Tet. To start the new year off in the best way, families clean and fix up their homes, decorate with flowers and budding trees-especially hoa mai, a small, yellow flowering plant that symbolizes prosperity and well-being for the family-and prepare special holiday foods for visitors and celebration. There is a belief that sweeping and breaking things should be avoided as the new year nears, for fear that good luck and prosperity might be broken or swept out of the house, so intensive cleaning has to take place earlier. Families buy new clothes, and even the old sack of rice is finished and a new sack bought to begin the New Year. Many homes also display long strips of red paper on either side of the front door. These papers, called câu doi, are embellished with decorative script (resembling Chinese characters) in couplets about good fortune for the individual, family, or business. Children eagerly look forward to Tet, when they get new clothes, there is plenty of good food to eat, and their elders give them lucky money. Also, in Vietnam school is cancelled for at least three days.
Quinceaneras tend to be a big and elegant celebration in which every family member and friends collaborate to give the birthday girl the best party she has ever had....
Anaya’s, “A Celebration of Grandfathers”, three insights that he receives from his grandfather consist of having patience, praying for rain, and the transformation of life....
Almost every Vietnamese home, whether Catholic, Buddhist, Cao Đài, or without a specified religion, has a family altar, which typically is in the living room. It holds pictures of important family members, who have died in the last one or two generations, as well as offerings (usually incense and flowers, perhaps dishes of food) for these ancestors, and also religious pictures and statues. Before Tet, each family carefully decorates its family altar and sets out offerings, particularly including the traditional gift of betel nut on a bit of limestone powder wrapped in areca leaves. Because Tet is such an important time for very important ancestors, the areca-leaf wrapping is done in a special way called cánh phuong (phoenix wings), a manner of presentation that shows special respect. A betel nut, wrapped sprinkled with lime powder and wrapped in an areca leaf, is a mild stimulant, which has been chewed throughout Southeast Asia for ages. Although only a few elderly people in New Orleans use it much, it continues to be an important gift or offering at important celebrations. In Vietnamese culture it symbolizes family virtues. A popular traditional story, which was told by several people who were interviewed for this project and here summarized by this author, illustrates this connection:
8, 2014, I attended the 12th Birthday Celebration of Art Enables, an art studio and gallery focused on showcasing works from emerging artists in the DC area who suffer from developmental disabilities.
The 12th Birthday event consisted of a sale on works created by the Art Enables artists, a reception celebrating the 12th birthday of the organization, an art workshop hosted by local artist and a day-long Valentine making station.
Tet Nguyên Đán is celebrated on the first day of the lunar calendar-it always falls between January 19th and February 20th on the western calendar-and officially lasts for the first three days of the New Year. However, preparation for the festival fills the weeks before the actual holiday, and the celebration itself lasts longer than three days. Therefore, Tet is a month-long celebration, a comprehensive holiday which Vietnamese enthusiastically embrace. Vietnamese, living in the United States and elsewhere, remain very emotionally tied to celebrating Tet. It is the central festival in Vietnam and, for even the most acculturated Vietnamese settled in other countries, it remains the major occasion on which to celebrate their Vietnamese heritage. Tet is a moveable holiday (like Easter), which presents some difficulty in celebrating the holiday while living in a country with a different holiday calendar. Be this as it may, Vietnamese communities make a concerted effort to celebrate Tet, and most family members undertake long trips to be with their relatives during this time.
Find a reason to celebrate, whether it is a holiday, a special occasion, an achievement, a big announcement, a new endeavor, a job well done or a journey completed.