Activities of Vietnamese people on the last day of the year

The last day of the year when people try to finish all important remaining duty of the whole year and preparation for an upcoming year is also the most essential day. The more lucky family will get in a New Year if their works are done more carefully on the day.

Cleaning and decorating house of Vietnamese

People clean and decorate house to welcome a new year
People clean and decorate house to welcome a new year- source: internet

As traditional belief considers sweeping house on the first few days of Lunar New Year to be a way of driving away “Thần Tài”, this action is avoided at all cost by Vietnamese people. They regard Thần Tài as the God of Luck who offers their families with financial fortunes in a New Year so the family would suffer from lots of financial difficulties if he is expelled. Therefore, all families manage to clean their house on the last day of the year, though they are extremely busy when the year comes to end. You can clear see when come to Indochina tours Vietnam

People often re-decorate their houses with tiny red ornaments, Tet’s flowers and trees as symbol of Tet. This is pretty similar to the way Western people’s houses are decorated with Christmas Tree on Christmas Eve.

Cleaning ancestor altar and setting mam ngu qua

The five fruit tray
The five fruit tray- source: internet

Men, particularly the father in his family are usually in charge of cleaning ancestor altar while women in the family are busy with cleaning house or cooking. There is a strong spiritual relationship between alive people and deceased people in any Vietnamese heart; and to come back to this world when worshiped, ancestor altar is like a portal or home of them. Because of this, to show respect to ancestors, Vietnamese people clean ancestor altar. With the most fresh and clean water and sweeping tools, they do the work in the most careful and meticulous way.

Mam ngu qua (the five fruit tray) is an indispensible decoration for ancestor altar in Tet. Fire, Earth, Water, Metal and Wood, are five natural elements represented through five colors of five fruits. Each element is thought to cover a wish for the New Year like peace, healthiness and wealthy.

Tất Niên Party – Year end gathering


The last meal of the year when every member of a family unites no matter how busy they are is also the most meaningful one. During the cozy atmosphere, while members share all the experiences and feeling gained through the whole year together, from sadness to happiness, the sentiment of the family is strengthened. In and after the meal when the family is full of energy and happiness to welcome the New Year, all the stresses seem to be dismissed. Thanks to a lot of sentiment and care of sisters and mothers in the family hidden inside a wide selection of Vietnamese traditional food, the dinner is also the most delicious meal of the year.

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Watching TV shows

People gather to watch TV show
People gather to watch TV show- source: internet

Encouraging spirit of people as well as reducing waiting time to the New Year’s Eve, entertaining TV shows which are well designed by many Medias are interesting ones. The comedy show “Gặp nhau cuối năm”, besides special art shows or music shows, in which famous comedians play as kitchen gods to talk in detail about the highlight events of the year to the Jade Emperor in sarcastic way to bring meaningful laughs to people, is highly appreciated by Vietnamese.

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