The Chinese Lunar New Year Essay
A. “Tết Nguyên Đán”, the Vietnamese Lunar New Year, is the most important festive event of the Vietnamese calendar.
1. It closely associated with the country’s history, culture and identity.
2. It touches on many aspects of Vietnamese life and provides important insights into the nature of contemporary Vietnamese society and culture.
3. In Vietnam, the Lunar New Year means family returning home to be together, an auspicious time to get married and the yellow spring blossoms of the bong mai tree.
B. It has been described as a ‘mega-event’, something like a Western Christmas, New Year, Easter and Thanksgiving rolled into one.
C. As a major festival and holiday period, Tê ́t centres on the first day of the year in the lunar calendar.
1. It is marked by a four-day national public holiday, but the festival lasts much longer, about two or three weeks.
2. It starts on the twenty-third day of the last lunar month (tháng chạp) when the kitchen god is sent to the Jade Emperor in heaven to report on the affairs of the family.
3. It formally ends with the taking down of the cây nêu on the seventh day of the first lunar month of the New Year.
II. Tet preparations begin weeks before the holiday arrives.
A. Houses are cleaned and painted, new clothes are purchased, debts are paid, disputes are settled, and food is prepared.
1. Shoppers crowd the streets and purchase food, merchandise, flowers, and small fruit trees.
2. Flowers are believed to make…