Culture different between Vietnam and The United
State of America
Hello, my name is Bin. Iâ€™m from Vietnam-a beautiful small country in Asia. When I first came to the U.S, I realized a lot of different things between the 2 countries, some fun but some kind of boring with me. I think the biggest different is culture.
We will see the different in celebration between Vietnam and the U.S. In Vietnam, the most important day or festival is Lunar New Year but in the U.S, I can see Christmas is more important than New Year. Let talk about Christmas first, many people in the United States celebrate Christmas Day on December 25. The ...view middle of the document...
In public life, government offices, organizations, businesses and schools are closed, almost without exception. Many people visit relatives or friends and are out of town. This may cause congestion on highways and at airports. Public transit systems do not run on their regular schedules. In general, public life closes down completely. I have pretty good knowledge about Christmas because I was in Oklahoma last year for studying high school.
Now, let see about Lunar New Year â€“ the most important festival in Vietnam. Táº¿t, or Vietnamese New Year, is the most important celebration of Vietnamese culture. The word is a shortened form ofÂ Táº¿t NguyÃªn ÄÃ¡n. It features aspects of the western Thanksgiving, New Yearâ€™s Day, Halloween and Birthday.Â It is the Vietnamese New Year marking the arrival of spring based on the Chinese calendar, a lunisolar calendar. However, like Vietnam, each of these countries have incorporated characteristic rituals and celebrations that are indigenous to their regions, and are harmonious with their cultural history and geographical climate.The name Táº¿t NguyÃªn ÄÃ¡n is Sino-Vietnamese for Feast of the First Morning of the first day, derived from the HÃ¡n NÃ´m characters ç¯€å…ƒæ—¦. The actual day of Tet is determined by the Lunar Calendar which counts approximately 365 days in a year, hence Tet usually falls between the western calendar months of January or February. Táº¿t is celebrated on the same day asÂ Chinese New Year, though exceptions arise due to the one-hour time difference betweenÂ HanoiÂ and BeijingÂ resulting in the alternate calculation of theÂ new moon. It takes place from the first day of the first month of the Lunar calendar (around late January or early February) until at least the third day. ManyÂ VietnameseÂ prepare for Táº¿t by cooking special holiday foods and cleaning the house. There are a lot of customs practiced during Táº¿t, such as visiting a person's house on the first day of the new year (xÃ´ng nhÃ ), ancestral worshipping, wishing New Year's greetings, giving lucky money to children and elderly people, and opening a shop. Táº¿t is also an occasion for pilgrims and family reunions. During Táº¿t, Vietnamese visit their relatives and temples, forgetting about the troubles of the past year and hoping for a better upcoming year. They consider Táº¿t to be the first day of spring and the festival is often calledÂ Há»™i xuÃ¢n (spring festival).
Vietnamese people usually return to their families during Táº¿t. Some return to worship at the family altar or visit the graves of their ancestors in their homeland. They also clean the grave of their family as a sign of respect. Although Táº¿t is a national holiday among all Vietnamese, each region and religion has its own customs. Táº¿t in the three Vietnamese regions can be divided into three periods, known asÂ Táº¥t NiÃªnÂ ( penultimate New Year's Eve),Â Giao Thá»«aÂ ( New Year's Eve), andÂ TÃ¢n NiÃªnÂ ( the New Year), representing...