Vietnamese Community Randolph Vietnamese New Year 2014

February 17, 2014 by  
Filed under Director's Blog, Vietnam

Fr. Michael Visited with the Vietnamese Community of Randolph for this year’s Vietnamese New Year’s Celebrations. The Community had a beautiful Mass led by Fr. Linh Nguyen, the pastor of St. Bernadette Church in Randolph.

Fr. Linh Nguyen leading Mass

Fr. Linh Nguyen leading Mass


Many priests concelebrated and the Mass was attended by Deacons, Religious Sisters and Lay faithful.




Tết ([tet˧˥] or [tɜːt˧˥]), or Vietnamese New Year, is the most important celebration of Vietnamese culture. The word is a shortened form of Tết Nguyên Đán (Nôm: 節元旦) , which is Sino-Vietnamese for “Feast of the First Morning of the First Day”. Tết celebrates the arrival of spring based on the Vietnamese variation of the Chinese lunisolar calendar, which usually has the date falling between the months of January or February.

Tết is celebrated on the same day as Chinese New Year, though exceptions arise due to the one-hour time difference between Hanoi and Beijing resulting in the alternate calculation of the new moon. It takes place from the first day of the first month of the Vietnamese calendar (around late January or early February) until at least the third day. Many Vietnamese prepare for Tết by cooking special holiday foods and cleaning the house. These food includes bánh chưng, bánh dày, dried young bamboo soup(canh măng), giò and sticky rice. There are a lot of customs practiced during Tết, such as visiting a person’s house on the first day of the new year (xông nhà), ancestral worshipping, wishing New Year’s greetings, giving lucky money to children and elderly people, and opening a shop.

The Catholic Community of Vietnamese begin the celebration by giving thanks to God and entering into the Sacrifice of the Holy Mass.







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