Sunday, December 8, 2019

Vietnamese custom of decorations home during the lunar new year festival

Vietnamese lunar new year festival has quite a few original practices with customs and entertainment that have distinct Vietnamese cultural characteristics. Each region has  the  own way of decorating when the lunar new year – Tet holiday coming.


Traditionally, each  Vietnamese family displays “cây nêu”, an artificial New Year Tree consisting of a bamboo pole 5 to 6 m long. The top end is usually decorated with many objects, depending on the locality, including good luck charms, origami fish, cactus branches, etc.
During  Vietnam lunar new year dorated by hoa mai – Ochna integerrima (in the central and southern parts of Vietnam) or hoa đào – peach flower (in the northern part of Vietnam) or hoa ban (in mountain areas).

In the north Vietnam , some people (especially the elite in the past) also decorate their house with a Prunus mume tree (also called mai in Vietnamese, but referring to a totally different species from Ochna integerrima). In the north or central of Vietnam, the kumquat tree is a popular decoration for the living room during Vietnam lunar new year festival. Its many fruits symbolize the fertility and fruitfulness that the family hopes for in the coming year.

Vietnamese people also decorate their homes with bonsai and flower plants such as chrysanthemum (hoa cúc), marigold (vạn thọ) symbolizing longevity, mào gà in Southern Vietnam and paperwhite flower (thủy tiên), lavender (viôlét), hoa bướm in Northern Vietnam. In the past, there was a tradition that old people tried to make their paperwhite flowers blossom right the watch-night time. They also hung up Dong Ho Paintings and thư pháp (calligraphy pictures).

Thu nhỏ
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