Tet Holiday Essay Prompts

Lunar New Year in Vietnam

Tet Holiday is the biggest annual celebration of Vietnam in the first days of lunar New Year. During these days, people welcome a new coming year with good health, lucks and success. Tet holiday is very special for Vietnamese families to reunite and celebrate together.

The preparation for Tet holiday is taken place very soon because it requires many steps. All members of families clean and redecorate their houses together. Then, they buy food, drink such as cookies, sweets, candied fruit, melon seeds...to offer their guests and to store because in this occasion, many shops are closed. A branch of peach flower or a kumquat tree cannot be absent from every home during these special days. Children are the most eager, as their parents will buy them new clothes. In addition to buying things, many Vietnamese families make Chung cake, pickled onion, frozen meat, which are our country's traditional food on Tet holiday. We decorate ancestral altars with a five-fruit tray, vegetables, sweets, and flowers.

In the last day of the previous year, people become more excited as they feel that the New Year is very near to them. Everybody all waits for the sacred moment when the clock points 0 am and fireworks light up everywhere to wish for health, lucks and happiness in the next year. Streets are extremely crowded. On contrary, in the first morning of the year, everything seems peaceful and quiet as people want to sleep longer to enjoy the moment with their cozy family. However, there are some families getting up early to come back to their hometown to visit their ancestors' graves and relatives. From noon on, everybody go to their neighbors' houses to wish them a happy new year. Children in new clothes are very excited, as they will get lucky money from adults.

There are many activities to welcome new coming spring in this occasion. Children usually take up pens to write their first essay, hoping for good results in school. In spring festivals, everyone especially the young takes part in the traditional games such as rollercoaster, tug of war, cooking rice, cock fighting etc. to express their happiness while farmers wish for bumper crops. Women often go to pagodas to show Buddha their hearts and wish their families good things and power to avoid bad lucks. During the first days of New Year, Vietnamese people do things that are supposed to be good for themselves and their loved ones such as wearing red clothes, buying salt, taking chance or praying... and avoid saying taboos(related to death, breaking...). Each region in Vietnam has it own customs to celebrate Tet, which are very special and unique.

"Tet" is the word that is very familiar to Vietnamese people whenever we think about our country. This is the time for family reunion, for festivals, and for people to give love to their loved one. As for me, I enjoy the warm and cozy Tet's atmosphere when all members of my family stay and talk together.

thinh, thanks for getting the first half! I'll do some more of it:

This is supposed to be LAST YEAR, so the verbs have to be in the past tense:

In the last day of the previous year, people become more excited as they felt that the New Year was very near to them. Everybody all waited for the sacred moment when the clock points 0 am and fireworks light up everywhere to wish for health, lucks and happiness in the next year. Streets were extremely crowded.

But now you can switch to the present tense:

On contrary, in the first morning of this year, everything seems peaceful and quiet as people want to sleep longer... That is such a nice paragraph! It sounds like you are writing it on that first morning of the year, because your verbs are in the present tense.

Do you know what I mean about the verbs? They are the hard part of learning a language...

Essay about New Year Celeration Between Vietnam and America

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New Year Holiday between the United States and Vietnam

New Years is an exciting holiday in many countries. It marks a new period of time with the pure and pristine beginning for individuals. Every country has a unique cultural celebration and specific traditions depending on where you live. However, there is a big difference between how Asian people and Western people celebrate New Year. The three most noticeable differences are in the preparation, travel and length of the holiday will be last. The first big different between those two countries is the preparation for New Year Day. In the United States, they use the Gregorian calendar so people celebrate New Year on January first. Christmas day is an important holiday to…show more content…

In contrast, a Vietnamese tradition is that everybody goes back to their families and their hometowns. People go back to help their family to clean the houses or together with their relative to make tradition foods for the New Year Day. In addition, the period of New Year celebration between these two countries is not the same. New Years in the United States only has two days to celebrate. People celebrate on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. After New Year Day, everything will be back to normal, people are back to their work, and be ready for a new year ahead. However, the spirit of Tet in Vietnamese people usually lasts more than a week, but the Tet official is the first three days of January in lunar calendar. The first day of Tet is the day for family. People gather together to wish everybody in the family the best year ahead; then elderly people give red envelops that have money inside to younger people which is considering as“lucky money.” The second day is a day for visiting relative, teacher or special guest. The third day is a day for friends or just stay at home to enjoy the food and the spirit of Tet. Although Tet is only the first three days to celebrate; people are keep saying “Happy New Year” when they see each other during the following week. The atmosphere of Tet is still inside everybody. From the information given, New Year in each country has a unique celebration; especially there is a big

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