Tet Celebration or first day of the first lunar month

One of the most popular celebration througout East Asia is the beginning of the Lunar New Year - in Vietnam the Tet Celebration. Depending on the years, it can fall between end of January and the third week of February. This year it is at the end of January.

Everything starts on week ahead of the New Year day, exactly on the 23rd day of the last lunar month. There are some things to prepare in advance like glutinous rice cakes filled with meat and beans, candid fruits of all sorts, houses are decorated with red and golden lanterns and garlands - symbols of happiness and so on.

Something which does have to be present is as well some branches of plum trees, peach trees and apricote trees which decorates the house and prevent evil spirits from entering. Kumquat trees are offered to highly respected persons of the family and/or tenants.

The God of the household, Spirit of the Earth and God of the kitchen are usually honored by a ceremony in order for them to report at the celestial palace on house matters of the family. New clothes and new banknotes are in for the children.

And not the least the first visit to the house is very important and will be a factor in the decision on how the year will be.

This year will be under the mythical sign of the dragon. Intimately under the Water-Dragon. The Dragon is a creature of myth and legend. A symbol of good fortune and sign of intense power, the Oriental Dragon is regarded as a divine beast - the reverse of the malicious monster that Westerners felt necessary to find and slay. In Eastern philosophy, the Dragon is said to be a deliverer of good fortune and a master of authority. Therefore, those people born in Dragon years are to be honored and respected.

The Water-Dragon

Water has a calming effect on the Dragon's fearless temperament. Water allows the Dragon to re-direct its enthusiasm, and makes him more perceptive of others. These Dragons are better equipped to take a step back to re-evaluate a situation because they understand the art of patience and do not desire the spotlight like other Dragons. Therefore, they make smart decisions and are able to see eye-to-eye with other people. However, their actions can go wrong if they do not research or if they do not finish one project before starting another.

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