Traditional custom of “Li Xi” on Tet in Vietnam
Posted On Wed, Dec 11, 2013 by Vietnam Discovery
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The “Li Xi” custom seems to be popular on Tet Holiday in hope of bringing better things in the future. Thus, this kind of giving money has become indispensable in Vietnamese people’s life whenever the Luna New Year Festival comes.

Normally on this festival, the elderly compliment their kids for a year older by giving them “lucky money” covered by very nice and small red paper envelops because the color of red is believed to symbolize luck and good fortune. The “lucky money” inside is traditionally new brand and low face value. However, it bears wishes for growth and successful study.

In Hanoi Capital, Hang Ma Street, one of the 36 old streets in Hanoi Old Quarter, is a place to sell things to keep children’s money, which are mainly created in various shapes of pigs, rats and buffalo and made of clay or metal. Nevertheless, the Chinese zodiac animal that is the “best-seller” is the ones representing the Lunar Calendar for that year.
 
Li Xi traditional customs on Tet Holidays in Vietnam
Variety of different size, shape and color envelops to "store" lucky money

Children happy to receive Li Xi on Tet holidays in Vietnam
Children are happy to receive "lucky money"
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