In Vietnam, Doan Ngo Tet is also called by a folk name rather than a kill bugs Tet. This is one of the traditional holidays with rich cultural connotations.

Traditional foods are available in Doan Ngo Tet.

Every year on May 5 (lunar calendar), Vietnamese people organize Doan Ngo Tet Festival. Doan Ngo Tet festival is also called the New Year of the Ocean. Doan Ngo is the beginning of noon (Doan: opening, Noon: midday) and the positive is the sun, being positive, Yang Yang means starting at the time of positive air. Not only in Vietnam or China but also in many Asian countries have the Doan Ngo Tet Festival. Therefore, Doan Ngo Lunar New Year is actually an East Asian holiday tradition associated with the concept of the circulation of weather in the year.

What is origin of Doan Ngo Tet Festival?

Vietnam’s Doan Ngo Tet festival is rooted in a legend: On a day after the harvest, farmers celebrate because of the harvest but the insects that year later come to eat the fruits and the harvested food. People with headache do not know how to solve this bug, suddenly there is an old man coming to claim himself as the Double.

He showed the people each house made a herd of offerings including simple ashes, fruit, then went to the front of his house to exercise. The people followed after only a moment, and the floodworm fell down. He also added: Every year on this day is very aggressive, every year on this day just follow what we have told you to cure them.

The people who were grateful for their gratitude had gone somewhere. To commemorate this, the people who set for this day were the “New Year of the Insecticide”, some called it “New Year of the Horse” because of the time of offerings in the middle of the Horse hour.

Doan Ngo Tet festival with traditions.

In Vietnam, Doan Ngo Tet was “Vietnameseized” into the day of the New Year’s killing and ancestor worship. The Vietnamese also called Tet Doan Ngo as “the killing of insects” because during the transition period, transgenic and epidemic diseases are easy to arise. On this day, there are many customary folk practices to prevent disease.

Ash cake of Central region used in Doan Ngo Tet.

Currently, in some villages in Vietnam, they still keep their old style, very important for this Tet holiday. After the Lunar New Year, perhaps “the killing of insects” is the warmest Tet holiday and there are many customs associated with the lives of the people … so the children and grandchildren, despite working far away, try to arrange to about.

After the ceremony, there are the custom of killing insects. The whole family gathered to eat sour fruits, sticky wine, ash cake … to eradicate “insects”, ward off all illnesses …

According to the rules, yes Ngo (12 noon), people in the countryside invited each other to pick leaves. This is the time with the best positive atmosphere, now the sun shines the best sunshine of the year. The leaves that are picked up at this time have very good curative effects like the itchy skin diseases, especially gastrointestinal diseases or colds, bringing these medicinal leaves very well.

In the old days, people also continued to dye their toenails and fingernails, judged fruit trees, kept hanging wormwood for exorcism … Children who did not know were allowed to take a little lime into the font, in chest and navel so they don’t have stomach aches or headaches. However, most of these practices have now been abolished, leaving only the leaves and leaves to collect leaves.

In the streets, towns and cities, there are not many gardens, grass and trees, people often go to buy medicinal leaves on the 5th of the fifth lunar month. On this occasion, all traders from the countryside brought all kinds of leaves for sale. The leaves are chopped, each type is separate, the marketer chooses the favorite leaves to buy, right on the 5th day, then brings them to dry and wrap them in a family medicine cabinet, use when home Someone is sick.

Traditionally from each region, on this day, in addition to fruits, the dishes are also different. In Hanoi and parts of the North, this day, sticky wine, especially sticky rice wine is a popular dish. It is thought that human digestive organs often have harmful parasites and they are deep in the abdomen, so it is not always possible to kill them. Only on 5/5 (lunar calendar), these parasites often rise up, people can eat food, fruit sour, acrid and especially sticky wine, can remove them.

According to folklore, sticky wine is eaten right after waking up very effectively. This wine is mostly sticky rice and the whole grain is fermented, also called “the”. People often use white glutinous rice and glutinous rice, cool and sprinkle with yeast, incubate for three days. Cooked basil is placed on a pot, inspired to drink alcohol to eat, mixed with the, create a sweet, spicy taste very pleasant. Old people and children can eat this wine.

Cultural diversity in 3 regions in Doan Ngo New Year.

Vietnamese culture is diverse and abundant, so each region of the country has its own unique culture during Doan Ngo’s New Year. Most women in the Northern countryside know that “wine is sticky” and often take advantage of this opportunity to bring wine to the town, sticky wine is also favored by the urban people and food during the Lunar New Year.

Duck meat is a traditional dish in the Doan Ngo Lunar New Year’s tray.

Also in Central Vietnam, the indispensable dish on the rice tray is the rice cake. Every house buys from three or four dozen or more cakes to worship the ancestors and then the whole family enjoys it.

In addition, according to the tradition of the Southern people, duck meat is also an indispensable thing for this holiday in the insecticide tray.

Thus, it can be said that Doan Ngo Tet is the mid-year New Year, the first is the ancestor’s remembrance, after the desire for healing and health. Doan Ngo Tet festival has been associated with beliefs of the whole Vietnamese community since many years and became a traditional festival.