What is Lunar New Year?
Lunar New Year falls between late January or early February. It is considered as the most important event on the Chinese Calendar. Traditionally, people worship their ancestors or their Gods during this period. Nowadays it is a time for family and friends gathering.
Since it is a new start of the year, people normally clean-up their house before the 1st day, shopping not only for food but clothes, shoes as well as decorations for their house.
Throughout this season, children are given red packages, which contain lucky money. The 1st meal on the 1st day of the Lunar New Year is usually vegetarian, that is because it is a ‘rest day’ for all, including animals. People often celebrate by visiting families and friends. The celebration lasts for 15 days.
What is Tet?
Tet is a momentous celebration of the Lunar New Year for the Vietnamese people. It coincides with other Lunar New Year celebrations such as the Chinese New Year and typically falls between late January and early February.
This year, Tet starts on the 5th of February and typically lasts for 3-4 days. 2019’s Tet is called the year of the pig. It’s a festive time where people return home and visit their families, friends, have large feasts, play traditional games and give out red pocket. It’s also a good time to reflect, remember our ancestral roots and set goals for the year ahead.
In Australia Vietnamese communities have many places to be festive on weekends starting last week at St Albans then at Richmond, Springvale ... so Vietnamese people can come to celebrate in different time.
Celebrate with the library
To share with Vietnamese and Chinese community our libraries have a lot activities such as:
- Feng Shui & Chinese Astrology workshop
- Year of the Pig celebrations
- Guzheng performance
- Cooking with Ngan
- Chinese Cultural Night
- & view our events calendar for more
Welcome all to attend and share our experience on this special season.
Louise Teoh & Yen Nguyen