Lunar New Year visit to the pagodas – long-standing tradition | Culture – Sports
Hanoi (VNA) – Visiting pagodas during the Lunar New Year festival is not just an activity associated with Buddhism, but has become a centuries-old cultural tradition and an indispensable part in the spiritual life of Vietnamese people.
In the minds of Vietnamese for generations, Tet not only means saying goodbye to the old year and welcoming the New Year, but is also associated with spiritual values and beliefs. On the first days of a new year, people go to temples and pagodas to pray for the good luck of their families for the coming year.
After the clock strikes 12 o’clock on New Year’s Eve, many people go to nearby pagodas to pray for health and good luck for themselves and their loved ones. Many people sincerely believe that all wishes made on New Year’s Eve will come true.
Some go to a pagoda not only to pray for good things in the coming year, but also to reflect on what they have done in the past, find peace for their soul, and leave all difficulties behind.
For Ms. Thuy Ngan of Nghia Tan Street, Cau Giay, Hanoi, going to the pagoda at the start of the year is a way of teaching her children about the country’s traditional culture.
We also go to the pagodas at the beginning of the new year to ask for calligraphy work or “cau doi” (calligraphic couplets), and to take advantage of the pagodaher beauty and serene atmosphere.
Nguyen Ngoc Hung in Trung Kinh, Ha Noi, said that after New Year’s Eve, his family members often go to pagodas, first to find peace of mind in the pure and peaceful atmosphere that is there, then to make prayers for all the members of the family.
For every Vietnamese, visiting pagodas at the beginning of the year is a traditional custom that has been formed for a long time, which helps to create a rich national culture.
This custom not only expresses the desire for a happy and prosperous life, but also helps to teach Vietnamese about their roots and the traditions of the country./.