The story of children’s lucky money on New Year’s Day
New Year’s red envelopes originate from China, stemming from the story of children being harmed by demons.
In the past, there was a youkai named Sui who would rub the heads of sleeping children on New Year’s Eve to wake them up, panicking and crying. Then they will have headaches, fever and slurred speech; When these symptoms disappear, the child will become dull. Therefore, families with young children have to stay up all night with the lights on to guard against the Sui demon from harming their children. This is the origin of the custom of staying up on New Year’s Eve.
There was a family of the Quan family who, over 50 years old, had just given birth to a son, so they were very pampered. One New Year, eight fairies passed by and said that this boy would have trouble with youkai. Seeing that the Quan family has a good heart, often helps people, so the 8 fairies came out to save them by turning into 8 coins, telling the boy’s parents to do this, this… New Year’s Eve, Sui came, decided to reached out his hand to touch the boy’s head, when the real 8 coins placed in the red piece of paper placed next to the boy’s pillow suddenly flashed a strong light that made the monster jump and run away.
Since then, the story of 8 coins wrapped in red paper spread everywhere, people near and far imitated it every time Tet came. Later, people devised an envelope to replace the red paper package and turned this monster exorcism into a custom to celebrate children’s age when Tet came.
Do you know why when spring comes, there are so many blooming flowers in the garden on the street?
Once upon a time, there was no spring, baby. There are only three seasons in a year, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. It is said that spring only comes when a colorful rainbow appears and all the flowers bloom together!
Rainbows are only available in the summer, when the sun appears after the showers. And flowers bloom scattered all year round, scattered all over the earth, so it is impossible to make an appointment to bloom at the same time. Therefore, after the cold winter comes the hot summer, the sudden change in weather makes all species very miserable. Everyone wishes to have a warm season, so everyone loves to hear stories about Spring and wishes to welcome Spring.
There was a Rabbit who lived in a certain green forest with his mother. Every time the seasons change, Rabbit’s mother gets sick. I love my mother so much, the baby rabbit immediately discussed with the wise old monkey:
– Uncle Monkey, shall we make a beautiful rainbow together to welcome her spring to us?
– But how? – Uncle Monkey asked hesitantly.
– I will invite my friends in the forest to contribute the most beautiful feathers to make a colorful rainbow.
Uncle Monkey agrees with Rabbit. The news spread everywhere. All animals in the forest want to meet the gentle and warm spring, so they happily contribute the most beautiful colors. This is the brown color of the Bear, the yellow silk of the Deer, the gray of the Squirrel… Then the Peacock, Parrot, and Vanh Khuyen also contributed their colorful feathers. The fish also sent Carp with a bag full of rainbow-colored fins. The skillful Caterpillar begins to connect the colors together to make a rainbow.
Meanwhile, Rabbit sets out to find flowers. Rabbits go everywhere, passing through forest after forest to meet each type of flower, persuading the flowers to bloom at the same time to welcome Spring. Touched by the filial piety of the Rabbit for her mother, the flowers all agreed to accumulate nutrients to wait for Ms. Wind to announce the bloom simultaneously.
One late winter morning, the Wormbird had woven the final patches of color. The rainbow appeared, causing all species on the earth to stir. Ms. Wind quickly informed the flowers. As promised, the flower buds rose up in turn, blooming in brilliant colors. The whole earth is full of colors. The beautiful Spring has come to earth. Since then, on earth there are four seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. If you pay attention, the children will see that the flowers are blooming brightly when the gentle spring breeze blows. As for the lovely Rabbit, he was given a soft, pure white shirt by Spring because of his filial piety and knew how to unite animals and flowers to welcome Spring together.
In the flower garden, every flower thinks it’s the most beautiful. Rose says:
– Without me, the whole flower garden wouldn’t be so beautiful anymore.
– Without me, no one would go to the garden to see the flowers.
Flower Violet said hastily:
– The flower garden is beautiful because of me! My purple shirt and soft figure are amazing.
Then the Lily, the Chrysanthemum, the Dahlia, the Gerbera…all competed to show off their most beautiful, making the whole garden a commotion. Only a tree standing in the corner of the garden was silent. That tree has thousands of small brown branches and sparse green leaves. The flowers looked at it and said:
– What tree has such thin branches, no flowers at all.
And from then on, no one mentioned the tree in the corner of the garden anymore.
On the morning of the thirtieth New Year, the owner entered the flower garden and said:
– Hello flowers of spring!
All the flower gardens are excited and excited, every flower is directed to the owner, hoping that she will choose me to display on Tet. But strange yet, the mistress ran to the corner of the garden and shouted:
– Oh, the peach tree is so beautiful!
The flowers suddenly realized that the normally thin tree had now put on a wonderfully beautiful coat. Thousands of beautiful pink flowers are playing in the warm spring sun.
The flowers asked Hoa Dao:
– So how did you get such beautiful flowers?
Peach Blossom gently replied:
– It’s thanks to Mother Earth’s nurturing, thanks to the four seasons of rain and sunshine, thanks to the lady’s early morning care!
The hostess continued:
– It is also thanks to the humility, simplicity, perseverance and courage to endure the cold wind and dew of the peach blossom. All year hard, Peach blossom has spent all to bring flowers to give us the scent of spring.
Now, the flowers have understood. They felt ashamed of their previous behavior and said quietly:
– Hoa Dao, can we join you to contribute flavor on Tet holiday?
Hoa Dao and the owner replied:
– Of course ! Come on guys, let’s celebrate the new year together!
The whole flower garden is full of bright and sweet scents to welcome the arrival of spring.
The story of Tet holiday
In the past, people did not know how to calculate time, did not know their age. In a certain country, there was a king who was famous for his intelligence and virtue. His country is peaceful, the people are warm.
Once, on a happy occasion, the king had the idea to reward the oldest person in the country. The whole country was jubilant. The village meets to choose the oldest person. But no village can choose the oldest person because no one knows how old they are. The court was also confused as to how to choose the oldest person in the country.
Seeing this, the king immediately sent a delegation of messengers to find the gods to ask. Obeying the king’s orders, the delegation set out. The first god they met was the river god. The river god, wearing a white shirt, with soft hair like water, heard the messenger ask, shook his head, and replied:
– I have been here a long time, but not as long as my mother. My mother is the Sea, come and ask my mother.
The sea god in a blue shirt is lovingly lulling his child with lullabies. Asked, the sea god pointed to the distant mountain range and said:
– Ask the god of the mountain. God was born before us. When we grow up, the mountain god is already old.
The delegation went back to meet the mountain god. The god of the mountain, whose skin was green because of the moss clinging to it, just shook his head and pointed to the sky:
– Go ask the sun god. When I was born, I had to close my eyes because of God’s sunshine. The Sun God was born before me.
How to get to the sun god? The delegation returned disappointed. Arriving in a forest, they met an old woman with a sad face sitting in front of a peach tree. The delegation approached and asked:
– Grandpa, why are you sitting here?
– I came here to pick peach blossoms. When my children went away, this peach tree bloomed. Now, every time a peach blossom blooms, I go out and pick one to remember my child. – answered the old woman.
A sudden thought flashed, the messengers said goodbye to the old woman and returned to the capital. They told the king that they met an old lady picking peach blossoms to calculate the time to wait for their children. The king, who was smart, came up with a way to calculate the age of people: For each time a peach blossom blooms, one year is counted. Later, it was known that twelve times the moon is full and then waning, and peach blossoms bloom once again.
Tell me about the wise king. Touched by the memory of the old woman picking peach blossoms, the king commanded the people of the country: Each time the peach blossoms bloom, the festival opens for three days and three nights.
Those happy days, later called Tet. That custom continues to this day.
Bunny and spring
In the forest there was a very cute little Rabbit. Baby rabbit loves spring very much because spring always makes his flower garden colorful. But spring usually doesn’t last long. That’s why the Little Rabbit is very sad when it sees the passing of spring. Right after the spring color is summer with the hot sun that makes the flowers in Little Rabbit’s garden unable to bloom. When walking in the garden, Rabbit often hears flowers lament:
– It’s so hot, Rabbit! Is there any way to help us?
Looking at the flowers suffering and tired from the sun, Rabbit loves them. But what could he do now?
One day, the Little Rabbit decided to look for the Rain God to ask for help. It is said that the Rain God often hides behind the dark clouds on the top of the mountain. The road was arduous, but the Rabbit was not discouraged. Then the baby Rabbit climbed to the top of the mountain! Looking up at the dark clouds, at first the Rabbit was afraid because they seemed so fierce. But the image of the flower buds trying to pop out but not being able to because of the sun made the Little Rabbit brave.
– Ask the Rain God to water the flowers in the garden to bloom! – The baby rabbit took a deep breath and then spoke loudly.
– Hello Rabbit! You are brave and lovely. Go back to the flowers in your garden! I’ll make it rain soon! – God of Rain graciously accepted.
– Thank you Rain God! Having said that, the Little Rabbit galloped home. As soon as we got to the garden gate, it started to rain. Raindrops are cooling the flower buds. And then a miracle is gradually appearing in front of Little Rabbit’s eyes: delicate, brilliant petals are spreading, fluttering to greet him.
The baby rabbit was very happy and exclaimed: “Oh, spring, spring is here again!”
The story of Mr. Tao returning to Heaven
“The Tale of the God of Heaven” or “The Legend of the Tao Quan” is a touching story about the love of husband and wife, thereby explaining the traditional custom of Vietnamese people to worship Mr. Cong and Mr. Tao on December 23. every year, kids!
Once upon a time, there was a poor couple who had been married for a long time but had no children. One day while in trouble, the husband and wife argued, the husband impatiently beat his wife, and the wife left home. With fate, she befriended another man in the opposite region who worked as a hunter. The husband regretted, a few days later, went to find. Searched forever and couldn’t find it, ran out of money, got sick again, had to beg again and again.
One day by chance he came to beg for food at the right house of the hunter and his wife. The sister-in-law recognized her ex-husband, felt hungry and emaciated, and she loved her very much. On the occasion of her new husband’s absence, she prepared a meal for her ex-husband. He ate and drank, then fell asleep, and did not wake up no matter how much he woke up. It’s disastrous! It’s going to rain, my husband is coming home. Panicked, she quickly carried him to the haystack at the end of the yard, covered her with straw to hide it from her bad reputation.
Just then the husband brought home a civet, told his wife to go to the market to buy spices to make a good meal for the neighbors. At home, he burned a pile of straw. Real estate, fire broke out, hit the pile of straw, destroying the ex-husband. When her sister-in-law came back, she felt very sad, like she was guilty of killing her ex-husband. She jumped into the fire and died. The new husband loves his wife, also stabs his head to die. That day is the twenty-third of the lunar month.
Seeing the three people living together with gratitude, Ngoc Hoang let them turn into three “grandfathers” so that they could be together forever, and at the same time named them the Tao Quan (also known as the Kitchen King). Every year, the Tao Quan has to pay respects to the Jade Emperor about the business of the houses in the lower world. Our people from the past, every year at the end of the New Year, there is a custom to buy carp as a feast to see Mr. Tao to worship God, which originates from this story.
The legend of the tree mentioned Tet
An old custom says that, from ancient times, the devil oppressed and occupied all the land of man. People have to rent land from the devil to grow rice and bear the term “eat the top for the root”. The devil took all the rice, the people only had straw.
Loving people, Buddha told him to grow sweet potatoes. At the end of the crop, people harvest all the tubers, leaving the leaves behind. Devil changed the terms to “eat the root for the top”. Buddha again told people to return to rice cultivation. The one who harvests the rice, the straw for the devil.
Annoyed that the two cases did not get anything, the devil changed the terms “eating both the root and the top”. Buddha told the corn grower. The corn pops out in the middle of the trunk, so at the end of the crop, the corn harvester comes back and fills it up, and the devil does not get anything.
Unable to obtain agricultural products, the devil reclaims the land. Buddha told people to come and buy a small piece of land with the shadow of a kashāya hanging on a bamboo top. Looking good, the devil agreed. When the bamboo planter came down, the Buddha allowed the bamboo to rise to the sky, his robe extended to cover the ground.
The devil lost all his land and had to retreat to the sea. Resentful, they brought troops to recapture the land. Knowing that demons are afraid of lime powder, pandan leaves, dog blood, Buddha told him to use those things to defeat the demons 3 times.
Defeated in battle, the demons mourned to the Buddha every year, giving them a few days to return to the mainland to visit their ancestors’ graves. Buddha agrees. From then on, every New Year’s Eve comes, the devil returns to the mainland. People set up a tree in front of their house to prevent the devil from approaching their land.
Legend of the peach blossom
Once upon a time, in the east of Soc Son mountain, North Vietnam, there was a long-standing peach blossom tree. The branches and leaves are unusually large, and the tree’s shadow covers a wide area.
There are two gods named Tra and Uat Luy residing on this giant peach tree. They eliminate ghosts and help people in the area have a peaceful and happy life. Terrified by the great power of the two gods, the demons were also afraid of the peach tree. Just seeing the peach blossom branch, they were afraid to run away.
However, on the last day of the year, like other gods, Tra and Uat Luy had to go to heaven to pay homage to Ngoc Hoang. Therefore, the elves have the opportunity to rampage and act like monsters.
In order to prevent the devil from harassing, the people thought of a way to break the peach blossom branches and put them in a jar. If anyone can’t break a peach branch, draw a red paper with a picture of two gods and stick it on the front column of the house to ward off evil spirits.
Since then, every year, every New Year comes, every family tries to break peach blossom branches and put them in the house to exorcise evil spirits. However, later, people forgot the mystical meaning of this custom because they no longer believed in ghosts and gods like their ancestors did in the past.
Today, fresh peach branches still appear in every house on the occasion of Tet to spring, but its meaning is far different from the old custom. Its beauty has brought warmth to every home, sowing in everyone’s heart joy, faith, love and hope in the new year.
The story of banh chung and banh day
Once upon a time, during the reign of the 6th Hung King, after defeating the An enemy, the king intended to pass the throne to his son.
On the occasion of the beginning of spring, the new king gathered the princes, said: “Whoever finds good food, to arrange the most meaningful feast, I will pass the throne to him”.
The princes race in search of strange gifts to offer to their father, in the hope of taking the throne.
Meanwhile, the 18th son of Hung Vuong, Tiet Lieu (also known as Lang Lieu) has a gentle disposition, a moral lifestyle, and is filial to his parents. Because his mother died early, there was no one to draw, so he was worried that he didn’t know what to do.
One day, Tiet Lieu dreamed that a god came and said: “Son, there is nothing more precious in Heaven and Earth than rice, because rice is the food that feeds people. You should use glutinous rice to make round and square cakes, to represent Heaven and Earth. Let’s take the outer leaf, put the filling in the inside of the cake, so that the image of the mother and father is born.”
Tiet Lieu woke up, extremely happy. He followed God’s instructions, chose very good glutinous rice to make square cakes to represent the Earth, and put them in a cooked bowl called Banh Chung. And he pounded sticky rice to make round cakes, leaving the image of Heaven, called Banh Day. The green leaves wrapped on the outside and the filling inside the cake are the image of loving parents taking care of their children.
On the appointed day, the princes brought food to the table. Oh come on, full of flavors, many delicious dishes. Prince Tiet Lieu only had Banh Day and Banh Chung. King Hung Vuong was surprised to ask, then Tiet Lieu brought the story of the God of Dreams and explained the meaning of Banh Day and Banh Chung. The king’s father tasted it, saw that the cake was delicious, and praised it for meaning, so he passed the throne to Tiet Lieu, his 18th son.
Since then, every time the Lunar New Year comes, people make Chung cake and Day cake to offer to ancestors and Heaven and Earth.
The story of apricot blossom
Once upon a time there was a girl named Mai, the daughter of a hunter who was very brave and courageous. At the age of fourteen, the girl was trained by her father to become an extremely talented female knight and master in martial arts. At that time, a goblin came to disturb a certain village, the villagers offered a prize for whoever killed the goblin would be richly rewarded. So father and son set out to kill goblins. After killing the goblin, the father and son’s reputation resounded and spread everywhere.
Not long after that, the father fell seriously ill and his health deteriorated day by day. At this time, the daughter has turned eighteen, her health has doubled, and martial arts is becoming more and more proficient. That year the snake elf appeared in a certain area and the villagers came and begged the father and son to kill the goblin. Before her daughter left, the mother sewed a beautiful yellow brocade dress for her and the girl promised to return to wear that yellow dress so her mother could see her from afar. Then the father and son climbed the mountains and waded streams to find the goblin to destroy it. However, the father, due to his weak health, could not help his daughter to fight the elves alone. But in the end the girl managed to kill it. But unfortunately, before dying, the snake demon got up and used its tail to wrap and squeeze the girl to death.
Feeling sympathy for the girl’s kindness as well as the crying and pleading of the poor mother, Mr. Tao in the house begged the Jade Emperor to let the girl resurrect and return to his family for nine days. So from then on, the girl was able to return home in an intact form with her family for nine days (from December 28 to the 6th of the Lunar New Year, she disappeared). Later, after the girl’s parents and relatives died, the girl did not return home but turned into a flower tree growing next to the shrine that the people had set up to worship her. Seeing a strange flower tree growing next to the temple and blooming yellow flowers for nine days of the New Year, the villagers named the flower tree apricot blossom tree and its branches were planted everywhere to exorcise evil spirits and bring good luck. Lucky for the family every spring, the year ends Tet.