Lunar New Year (Lunar New Year) is one of the major holidays of Vietnam in particular and many Asian countries in general. This is the time when people gather together, rest and enjoy lucky foods on New Year’s Day.
The Lunar New Year in China usually runs from the 8th of December to the 15th of the first lunar month. This is one of the major holidays and is considered the time of “spring luck”, the largest migration in China. In these days, people who go to study and work far away will return to their homeland to gather and celebrate with everyone.
On New Year’s Day, every province and city in China organizes art performances and fireworks. At the same time, this is also an opportunity for families and extended families to gather together to celebrate the good things to come.
For the people of Taiwan, the reunion during the Lunar New Year is so important that if a family member comes home late or can’t, there is always a seat for them. Like many other countries, on this day, people will gather around a traditional tray of rice and share what they have accomplished in the past year.
In Korea, Lunar New Year is also known as Seollal holiday (Eumnyeok Seollal). Usually it is held in 3 days: before, during and after the Lunar New Year. During this time, Koreans will hold ancestral worshiping ceremonies and gather with their families. In addition, they also wear traditional Hanbok and participate in some folk games.
In recent years, North Korea has changed the date of Tet from October and November every year to January 1 of the lunar calendar. During this time, North Koreans will come to the foot of the statue of President Kim Il Sung (Kim Il Sung) to offer flowers. In addition, they also enjoy the traditional Songpyeon rice cake and “medicine rice” – a dish used to treat guests with the meaning of bringing a full and prosperous life.
In Mongolia, the Lunar New Year is often called the White Month New Year (Tsagaan Sar), which means the time to signal the end of winter and the beginning of a new spring. On this occasion, Mongolians will clean their houses, buy new clothes and prepare traditional dishes. Also, on the eve of New Year’s Eve, men often perform the ritual of going up a mountain or hill to pray. Then, they will choose the direction suitable for their age to depart down the mountain.
This lion island nation has a large number of Chinese and Malaysians. Therefore, Singapore is one of the countries that celebrate the Lunar New Year like Vietnam. During this time, they often organize the 3 biggest festivals: the lantern festival, the Singapore River Hongbao festival and the Chinay street festival. The holiday will normally last from the 1st to the 15th of the first lunar month, but currently, most working people only take 2 days off at the beginning of the year. From the 3rd lunar month, I will start working normally.
With a quarter of the population being Chinese, the Lunar New Year is one of the most important holidays for Buddhists, Confucians, Taoists, and devotees. On these days, Malaysians will hold many traditional activities. Especially the spectacular fireworks show at Petronas Twin Towers. In addition, on the 4th and 5th day of the Lunar New Year, people will write New Year wishes on a piece of paper and stick it on the lantern.
Similar to Vietnam, Thai people also celebrate the Lunar New Year according to the Buddhist calendar. This holiday is also known as the Songkran water festival – the biggest festival of the year in the land of the Golden Temple, usually taking place from April 13 to April 15. This festival will be held on the street, young people will splash water on the elders to show respect. Thereby, the elderly also want to express their gratitude when their children and grandchildren treat them well in the “afternoon” age.
Chinese New Year in India is also known as Holi festival or “festival of colors”. The Indians believe that the warm sunshine of spring will drive away the bitter cold of winter days, similar to the fact that good repels evil. In addition, during Holi, there will be an event of applying pigments to the clothes and faces of everyone, regardless of whether they know it or not, to wish a happy new year.
In Bhutan, the Lunar New Year (Losar New Year) is the most important holiday of the year, usually taking place within 15 days. During this time, people often clean their houses together, prepare a tray of rice to worship their ancestors, and thank the gods for giving them health and a prosperous life in the past year.