The 2017 Lunar New Year officially begins January 21st upon the first new moon of the year, with festivities concluding February 19th. One sixth of the world population celebrates Lunar New Year with various celebratory traditions honored by each country differently, but with the common thread of reunion and thanksgiving. The international tourism industry predicts over 3 million people will be traveling to visit relatives around the world during the holiday this year.
Those born in the Year of the Fire Rooster are in 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005 and 2017. People born in these years are given the traits of being hardworking, resourceful, courageous, trustworthy, talkative, popular, loyal and on time.
In Vietnam, the Tet New Year celebration begins Thursday, January 26th lasting through Wednesday, February 1st. Tet is the most important national holiday, an honored and highly revered time when home, family and relationships are the primary focus. Workplaces will be at a standstill as the Vietnamese show respect to their family and friends with special traditions, extravagant homemade meals, ornate celebrations and time spent together with meaningful conversation. Passing out lucky red envelopes with crisp money as a symbol of bringing prosperity into the new year is a gift children of the family receive. Adults receive gifts of food, sweet, dried candies, red and yellow clothing items and anything signifying longevity and happiness are welcomed.
The beginning of Tet sparks a sense of renewal, opening of the heart and mind of every generation of Vietnamese, old and young. Feelings of spiritual and physical rejuvenation, happiness, gratitude, remembering ancestors with honor, and the anticipation of new beginnings abound. A fresh start for all, with the fullness of genuine good wishes to begin the new year make this beautiful holiday a time to remember for every person of Vietnamese heritage.
Chuc mung nam moi! Happy New Year!