Thursday, February 3, 2011

Tet: Vietnamese New Year

Happy New Year~

Tet, which means the first morning of the first day of the new year, is the Vietnamese New Year. The celebration lasts for 7 days. Like the Chinese, the Lunar New Year is one of the most celebrated holidays.

A special ceremony called Le Tru Tich is held at the mid-night hour (Giao Thua) on New Year's Eve. The ritual involves firecrackers and gongs and other festive items that make loud noises to usher out the old and welcome the new.

Family members exchange gifts and pay homage to the Kitchen God. They also visit local temples to pray for prosperity and good health.

During Tet, Vietnamese families plant a New Year's tree called Cay Neu in front of their homes. A bamboo pole is often used as a Cay Neu. All the leaves are removed from the tree so that it can be wrapped or decorated by good luck red paper. Legends have it that the red color scares off evil spirits. On the seventh (the last) day of Tet, the Cay Neu is taken down. This is the last ritual of the New Year celebration.

One of my favorite clients has invited Shawna Yamamoto Event Design back for the 3rd year in a row to help with this celebration! We are so excited for this year as it is the year of the Cat! What do you do with the year of the cat? Design a modern up-scale Hello Kitty themed lounge.

And here was the color inspiration:

Stay tuned for images from this amazing party!