As an individual who was born and raised in Vietnam but now lives in the United States, I’ve celebrated many holidays each year, including July 4th, Christmas, Easter, Labor Day… My favorite holiday is still Tet Nguyen Dan (commonly known as Lunar New Year), which we may still celebrate as a traditional custom with the entire family here.
I remember that when I was a little girl in Vietnam, my family and I always prepared Tet very early. A few days before Tet, we started cleaning the house and decorating it with flowers and lucky bamboo. On New Year’s Eve, we would wear our best clothes and go to the temple to pray for good luck in the new year. After that, we would come home and eat a special dinner with our family. At midnight, we would light firecrackers to welcome the new year. I always looked forward to Tet because it was a time when the whole family came together and we got to eat lots of delicious food.
Now that I’m living in the United States, I still celebrate Tet every year with my family. Even though we can’t do everything like we used to back in Vietnam, we still try to make it feel like home. We decorate the house with flowers and lucky bamboo, and we cook all of our favorite traditional dishes. On New Year’s Eve, we go to the temple to pray for good luck, and then we come home and eat a special dinner together. At midnight, we light firecrackers to welcome the new year. I’m so grateful that I can still celebrate Tet with my family, even though we’re far away from home.
Tet is always a special time for me because it’s a time when I get to be with my family and celebrate our culture and traditions. It’s a time for us to remember our roots and where we came from. And it’s a time for us to enjoy each other’s company and create new memories that we’ll cherish forever. Tet is truly my favorite holiday, and I look forward to celebrating it every year.
The Vietnamese New Year is not only a long-standing tradition, but also the most significant annual event in Vietnam. The season of Tet begins around February and ends around January. People celebrate the arrival of a new year with good health, fortunes, and success during these weeks. Tet is one of the greatest times of the year for Vietnamese families to get together and rejoice. In general, preparing for Tet takes only a few weeks before New Year’s Day.
Vietnamese people often clean and decorate their houses, cook special food and buy new clothes to welcome Tet.
On the New Year’s Eve, after dinner, all family members stay up until midnight to wait for the New Year. At 12 o’clock, Vietnamese people usually turn on the television to listen to the president’s speech and watch the firework show. After that, they go out and visit their relatives and friends to wish them a happy new year. The first day of Tet is also an opportunity for young people to show their respect to the elders by wishing them good health and luck. In return, the elders give lucky money in red envelopes to the younger generation.
Tet holiday is not only a time for family reunion, but also a time for people to relax and enjoy their life after a hard-working year. During Tet holiday, Vietnamese people usually have a five-day vacation, so they can visit famous tourist destinations or just stay at home and spend time with their family and friends.
No matter where you are from, I believe that you also have your own favorite holiday. What is your favorite holiday and why? I would love to hear about it in the comments below!
As we approached our own charter bus on Thanksgiving morning, we realized that we had just walked into our greatest nightmare, but also a fantastic fantasy. This year’s thanksgiving was going to be very distinct from the previous ones. My crew and I were heading to Dallas for a tournament with college scouts. We were going to play soccer all weekend long and return home purple and blue-blemished in all shapes and sizes. We would also come back as newly altered zombies.
Our charter bus was completely dark, with the exception of a few scattered lights. The smell was nauseating, and the thought of spending nine hours on this bus made my skin crawl. The only good thing about being on this charter bus was that we had Wi-Fi, so we could watch Netflix or listen to music.
We arrived at our hotel in Dallas, at around midnight. We were all exhausted from the long ride, so we just went to bed. The next morning, we woke up early to eat breakfast and then head to our first game. As soon as we stepped out of the hotel, we were bombarded by reporters and fans. It was surreal. We felt like celebrities. We signed a few autographs and then made our way to the soccer field.
The tournament was amazing. We won all of our games and ended up taking first place. It was an incredible feeling. After the tournament, we were all exhausted and just wanted to go home. But, we had one more stop to make before we could go home. We went to a local children’s hospital to visit with the kids who were stuck there during Thanksgiving.
It was so heartwarming to see the smiles on those kids’ faces. They were so grateful that we came to visit them. That experience really put things into perspective for me. I realized that even though I was tired and ready to go home, there are people who are stuck in the hospital during holidays like Thanksgiving. It made me feel really lucky and thankful for what I have.
So, even though this year was different from all of the other Thanksgivings I’ve had, it was definitely my favorite one yet. I’m so grateful for my amazing team and for the experience that we had. It’s something that I’ll never forget.