It’s 2017, the year of the rooster Let be first start and saying “chúc mừng năm mới” which means ” Happy New Year” in Vietnamese. I grew up with “Tet” which is known as Vietnamese New Year. It is known as the most important festival and public holiday in Vietnam. ‘Tet’ itself means ‘festival’ and is the shortened version of ‘Tết Nguyên Đán’, which is the Sino-Vietnamese for ‘Feast of the First Morning of the First Day’.
Days before the Lunar New Years my parents get ready. I’m going to go through some of the important traditions. My parents always tell us to honor our ancestors. I’m lucky enough to “Nguyen”. Let’s got through “five – fruit tray” and Banh Chang today.
The “five-fruit tray” on the ancestral altar during the Tet Holidays symbolizes the admiration and gratitude of the Vietnamese to Heaven and Earth and their ancestors and demonstrates their aspiration for a life of plenty. The five fruits represent the quintessence hope that Heaven and Earth bless humans. It demonstrates a Vietnamese precept of life, “When taking fruit, you should think of the grower”.
One of the most traditional special foods for the Lunar New Year (or Tet) is Banh Chung or sticky rice cake. Banh Chung is made of sticky rice, pork meat and green bean, which every ingredient is wrapped inside a special leaf called Dong.