On the first day of Tet holiday, Vietnamese people avoid doing certain things so that their new year will be lucky and good.
Check this list to prepare for a pleasant and happy holiday!
1. Don’t sweep the house or dump the garbage
Sweeping your house or dumping garbage on the first day of Tet holiday is a big No-No.
According to a Chinese old story, if you sweep the house and take away the rubbish, the god of Fortune will go away, so your family will be poor in that year.
Therefore, people always clean their house before Tet to welcome the new year in a decent and clean manner.
During the 3 days of Tet, if we have to clean the house, Vietnamese families often sweep into a corner of the house and the garbage will be removed later.
2. Don’t wear black and white clothes
In old beliefs, white and black are the colors of funerals and deaths. Therefore, on the first days of the year, you must wear clothes with colorful colors to create excitement and joy to welcome the new year.
People usually pick red and yellow as they present luck on New Year.
On the first day of the year, Vietnamese people always avoid languages and actions that can bring misfortune.
People also not swear at each other to avoid losing harmony and drive away bliss. Talking about risks during Tet is also considered a bad thing.
4. Don’t argue during Tet
Tet is a happy time when the whole family is reunited and gathered together. People believe that, no matter what, Tet days must also be happy and enthusiastic to create a joyful atmosphere of the spring day.
Arguing loudly on Lunar New Year will make the whole year go cloudy and unhappy. Try to keep harmony, be happy and forgive each other’s mistakes to avoid disagreement!
5. Abstain from crying, sadness, and anger
People believe that be if you’re sad on the first day of Tet, your whole year will be the same. So if you face unhappy circumstances, you should try to refrain to enjoy a happy new year with relatives, friends, and family.
6. Don’t break dishes
People believe that breaking things at the beginning of the year will create separation and separation.
Dishes represent families, so during Tet, dishes must not be broken to avoid quarrels and unhappy things happening to your family.
7. Don’t bring your debt to New Year
In Vietnam, people believe that having debts from year to year is not advisable because debts are bad things of the old year, so it will bring bad luck. The borrower will fall into poverty in the new year.
It’s believed that that the end of the year is an opportunity for people to deal with the mistakes, misunderstandings, and debts of the old year to feel more comfortable and have a happy New Year.
8. Don’t borrow or pay your debt or ask for repayment
On the first day of the year, Vietnamese people are very strict against lending and borrowing, collecting debts, or repaying debts, whether it is money or objects.
Borrowing at the beginning of the year is an omen of poverty for the whole year, while lending at the beginning of the year will make money dispersed.
9. Don’t shower or wash your hair on the first day of Tet
In some places in Vietnam, people will avoid showering and washing their hair on the first day of Tet (Mung 1) because they believe the knowledge and luck will be wash away.
Also, don’t do laundry on the 1st day as well because it corresponds to the day of the Water God, the god of prosperity and proliferation, so discharging a lot of water will lead to a loss of personal happiness.
10. Don’t travel on the fifth day of Tet
The fifth day of Tet is considered a bad day for moving so people refrain from travel far away from home.