Dragon Boat Festival is one of the important holidays of some Asian countries. So, do you know the reason to call Tet Doan Ngo as Tet to kill insects?
Tet Doan Ngo (also known as Tet Doan Duong) has existed for a long time in Eastern folklore and has influenced cultural activities. “Doan” means opening, “noon” is the period from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and eating New Year’s Eve is at noon. According to Eastern medical philosophy, the fire (belonging to yang) of heaven and earth and in the human body on the Dragon Horse day is at its peak.
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According to legend, one day after the harvest, the farmers celebrated because of the good harvest, but the insects that year dragged on and ate the harvested fruit and food. When everyone was having a headache because of the pestilence, a man calling himself Doi Truan appeared. He showed people to set up an offering consisting of ash cake and fruit, then go out in front of his yard to exercise. When listening and obeying, people see insects and swarms… all falling down.
He also added, every year, the insects on this day are very aggressive, just do what he told you to treat them. Then the old man went away. In remembrance, people have set this day as the Tet holiday to kill insects. This is an ancient theory, a reason to call Tet Doan Ngo as the festival of killing insects that not everyone has heard of.
In addition, the reason for calling the Lunar New Year is an insect-killing festival that is easier to understand and remember because the ancients believed that the time of the fifth lunar month is when insects in the field and in our body are weakened. , easily eradicated by dishes from glutinous rice. In addition, this is also the time of changing seasons, so it is easy to generate new pests, which must be quickly eradicated in order to have good crops.
Doan Ngo New Year is also the only Tet that does not use a tray of rice with many “sticky rice” dishes like other Tet, but uses ú ash cake, floating water, sticky rice wine, duck meat, and cake (if you are a human being). flowers) and fruits such as plums, litchi…