1 What is New Year's Eve?
Year-end or year-end offerings, year-end ceremony, year-end party is a ritual to acknowledge the end of a year and prepare to enter the new year.
New Year's Eve can be a year-end party or festival to enter the new year (Western New Year) and is part of the Tet ritual taking place on the last days of the lunar year, from December 30 (if it is a full year). ) or December 29 (if it's a junior year) is called the end of the year.
New Year's Eve usually takes place in the afternoon and evening on this day, people make New Year's Eve offerings and then prepare a party to invite guests to attend. New Year's Eve is a time when people gather together and have food and welcome the new year, New Year's Eve is a long-standing custom, bearing the long-standing cultural beauty of the Vietnamese people.
2 Why do we often organize New Year's Eve to meet at the end of the year?
This is an opportunity for family members to gather together to have a year-end meal, look back on the past year and look forward to a better new year. In addition, depending on the customs and habits in each region, the year-end ceremony may be invited by the owner to invite more friends and relatives to attend.
3 Unique New Year's Eve customs in three regions
The 3rd year-end offerings are different and have their own characteristics, but in general, there are still basic dishes with typical colors of Vietnamese culture.
Traditions in the North
The Northern people believe that the New Year's Eve offering tray usually has 4 bowls and 4 plates displayed on the tray. The offering plate includes chicken, spring rolls, cinnamon rolls, pork and a plate of sticky rice with gac to pray for a new year of good luck. The bowls on the offering tray include: stewed pork leg with bamboo shoots, drop ball soup, vermicelli and sprouted mushrooms.
Many families also modify the offering tray with many different dishes, but they all have the typical flavor of the North such as: frozen meat, fried spring rolls, mannequins, chicken, pork nails stewed with bamboo shoots and tongues, mixed cooked balls. , vermicelli cooked with chicken hearts, sprouts, salad and pickled onions.
Customs in the Central region
In the Central region, the offering tray, depending on the situation, will have savory dishes including pork, chicken, or both types, stir-fried dishes, soups, etc. Any decent family will have a plate of Hue vermicelli, a plate of frozen meat. , Hue rolls, plate of pickled dishes, bowl of dried bamboo shoot soup, plate of fried fish,…
After offering New Year's Eve, the whole family often gathers together in a warm, bustling atmosphere next to the pot of banh chung and banh tet.
Customs in the South
Normally, a New Year's Eve offering in the South includes: a tray of five fruits, incense, flowers, paper money, candles, betel nut, tea, wine, Chung cake and food (vegetarian or savory).
If the dish is salty, it will include: a plate of radish soaked in fish sauce; cooked bamboo shoot soup (use fresh bamboo shoots instead of dried bamboo shoots), add a bowl of bitter melon soup stuffed with meat, braised meat (pork, egg with coconut water); plate of boiled pork, plate of shrimp and meat salad, plate of spring rolls, plate of spring rolls, plate of cucumbers and tubers.
Each region has its own characteristics for the New Year's Eve offering tray, but in general, they are imbued with Vietnamese Tet cultural identity.