Thăng Long Royal Citadel will be decorated brilliantly to celebrate Tết (Lunar New Year) with flowers, lanterns, conical hats and calligraphic works as a spring festival will run from today until February 2.
As the most important festival in Vietnamese culture, Tết (Lunar) New Year retains many traditions that have been passed down for generations, one of which is the rituals performed on Kitchen Gods’ Day.
In one of Tet's most well-known traditions, people will be releasing carp into ponds, lakes and rivers across the country, hoping that the Kitchen Gods deliver good news to the Jade Emperor. Have you made a splash yet?
This Lunar New Year, which falls on January 23, 2020, for the first time in 16 years, Vietnamese families will not sit down after eve dinner to watch the most anticipated TV show of the year: Táo Quân.
The burning of joss paper in the form of personal items is a popular tradition around Việt Nam. The paper is burned as part of rituals to honour dead ancestors and the gods. However, as society becomes more environmentally-conscious, the practice has caused controversy.
Hundreds of people flock to the main yard of Lệ Mật Communal House to witness a solemn ceremony to erect the cây nêu (a tall bamboo pole) as the Lunar New Year nears.
As the legend goes, the Land Genie and the Kitchen Gods will ride carps to Heaven on the day to deliver an annual report on the household's activities to the God of Heaven.