Chúc mừng năm mới means ‘Happy New Year’
According to the lunar calendar, the new year starts on February 12. The first 3-days of Tết are the most important during the lunar new year. During this special 3-days of posting, please pray for the One True God to be made known to Vietnamese.
Tradition holds the first to enter a house on the first day of the new year determines the luck of the remaining year. The new day will start at one minute after midnight, and many times families will schedule who comes to the home.
Luck and prosperity for the new year is highly sought out, from receiving lucky money to not sweeping out the home, in case you sweep out the luck, or wearing new clothes ready to receive luck. Even the ‘Loc’ carved out watermelon is a sign desiring new life and prosperity.
As Vietnamese believers travel home, many are meeting with family and friends desiring them to have hope in the new year by knowing God Almighty, rather than luck. Pray for Jesus’ Name to be made known, just like Peter exclaimed, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God!” in Matthew 16:16-17. Pray for God to reveal Himself to many Vietnamese during this first day of the lunar new year.