The full moon day of the first lunar month: Meaning and things should do

The full moon of January is the first full moon day of the new year; the old custom is called Tet Nguyen Tieu. On this day, Vietnamese people often go to Buddhist temples to pray for the well-being of themselves and their families.

  1. The meaning of the full moon day of January

The meaning of the full moon day of January

Lunar New Year means the first full moon night of the new year. "Nguyen" is the first, "Tieu" is the night. Tet Nguyen Tieu is also known as Thuong Nguyen New Year because of Trung Nguyen Tet (full moon in July) and Ha Nguyen New Year (full moon in December). Tet Nguyen Tieu is an important Tet holiday, so our grandparents have a saying: "A year-round offering is not equal to the full moon of January" or "The year-round Buddha festival is not equal to the full moon day of January."

In addition, the full moon of January is also known as "late Tet" because it takes place right after the Lunar New Year. This time is an opportunity for unfortunate families with loved ones to be sick or to be away on the right occasion of the Lunar New Year to have a chance to gather with family. 

Depending on economic conditions and customs, each family and region's complete moon meal offerings may be different on this holiday. Still, they all show the respect and gratitude of their children and grandchildren to the family. Buddhas, saints, grandparents, ancestors, may you have a peaceful, lucky, and prosperous year. According to custom, on the night of the 15th day of the first lunar month (the night of the full moon of January), anywhere in the city or in the countryside, everywhere will hang lanterns with flowers (currently minimal) and perform full moon worshiping ceremonies.

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