A traditional food/fruit tray for Tet Doan Ngo
If you have a chance to visit Vietnam this lovely summer month, do not feel annoyed by the hush-and-rush atmosphere around the local markets or get surprised by the appealing delicious as summer lychees and odd-looking purple rice that a random local/ shopper offer you while visiting their houses/shops. At mid-June, Vietnamese people usually celebrate “Tet Doan Ngo” (Doan Ngo Festival) as one the most essential holidays along with “Tet Nguyen Dan” and “Trung Thu” (Mid-Autumn Festival) but without dynamic village activities or festive rites usually seen in agricultural countries.
On this day, farmers remove insects and pests from crops and greens while families prepare special kinds of food and unique ceremonies. In spite of common tradition, the diversity in celebration approach is well-reflected within each region of Vietnam.
Based on its name, “Doan Ngo” represents the season peak, from 11.00 am till 01.00 pm, at the Horse hour in accordance to zodiac time reference. Besides farming preservation, the event embraces sacred meanings as a great time for family gathering and ancestor remembrance.