Vietnam and Cambodia, two countries on the Indochinese peninsula, share many familiar things about history and culture. However, two countries keep their own values of tradition, including traditional Tet as a cultural difference. Do you have the opportunity to experience both events in Vietnam and Cambodia? Is it possible to enjoy both places in one trip? Before choosing a Vietnam Cambodia tour package, let’s find out more information with us!
1. The time
This is the first important difference between and traditional Tet in Vietnam and Cambodia. Tai Vietnam, Tet, the Lunar New Year is based on lunar calendar. Lunar New Year begins on the first day of January according to the lunar calendar. According to this, it usually occurs on late January or early February yearly.
Meanwhile, the traditional New Year in Cambodian is based on Buddhist calendar, celebrated on three first days of Chet month, which usually falls on April 13 or 14th, which is the end of the harvesting season.
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2. Activities in New year holiday
Tet holiday in Vietnam is considered to be the time for the family, relatives and friends. The first morning of Tet is usually celebrated amongst immediate family members including the husband’s parents and with esteemed guests who are of respectable social status and whose presence are believed to bring luck to the household. The second day of Tet is generally dedicated to visiting the wife’s parents and extended relatives. By the third day of Tet, people would visit the homes of friends, bosses or colleagues. It is about the time you give the wishes and respect to the loved ones. Of course, you can still spend time with my friends on going out, visiting pagodas to pray for luck.
The festival is one of the highlights of Tet holiday in Vietnam. Although, nowadays, the official New Year holiday lasts up to 4 or 5 day, you can participate in traditional festivals until the 3rd month in lunar calendar, or in April. Some festivals you might want to participate are Dong Da Festival, Vieng market , Yen Tu Pagoda Festival, Lim Festival, Assembly Minister for shoes, the anniversary of Hung Vuong.
In Cambodia, the new year holiday is held for three in common year or four days in leap year. Each day will be a festival day with meaning and different activities.
Maha Songkran, derived from Sanskrit Maha Sankranti, is the name of the first day of the new year celebration. It is the end of the year and the beginning of a new one. People dress up and light candles and burn incense sticks at shrines, where the members of each family pay homage to offer thanks for the Buddha’s teachings by bowing, kneeling and prostrating themselves three times before his image. For good luck people wash their face with holy water in the morning, their chests at noon, and their feet in the evening before they go to bed.
Vara Vanabat is the name of the second day of the new year celebration. People contribute charity to the less fortunate by helping the poor, servants, homeless, and low-income families. Families attend a dedication ceremony to their ancestors at monasteries.
T’ngai Loeng Sak in Khmer mean is the name of the third day of the new year celebration. Buddhists wash the Buddha statues and their elders with perfumed water. Bathing the Buddha images is a symbolic practice to wash bad actions away like water clean dirt from household items. It is also thought to be a kind deed that will bring longevity, good luck, happiness and prosperity in life. By washing their grandparents and parents, the children can obtain from them best wishes and good pieces of advice to live the life for the rest of the year.
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3. The traditional foods in New year holiday
Some of the food is also eaten year-round, while other dishes are only eaten during Tết. Also, some of the food is vegetarian since it is believed to be good luck to eat vegetarian on Tet holiday.
“Bánh chưng” and “bánh tét” are the most popular on Tet holiday in Vietnam. They are essentially tightly packed sticky rice with meat or bean fillings wrapped in “dong” (Phrynium placentarium) leaves. When these leaves are unavailable, banana leaves can be used as a substitute. One difference between them is their shape. “Bánh chưng” is the square-shaped one, while bánh tét is cylindrical. Also, bánh chưng is more popular in the northern parts of Vietnam, so as “bánh tét” is more popular in the south. Preparation can take days. The story of their origins and their connection with Tết is often recounted to children while cooking them overnight.
Amok is considered a traditional dish on the New year holiday in. Ingredients for chicken amok include chicken breasts, raw coconut fruit and a special spice Cambodians often use called “Khuong”. Chicken breast is marinated with Khuong, cooked with rice and tender coconut, coconut milk and vegetables nearly forming a fairly exotic dish. With the sweet from jiggery and pineapple juice, smells from prohok fish sauce and banana leaves, the dish makes an unforgettable and delicious taste. Try it if you are on Vietnam and Cambodia tour.
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