Vietnamese Traditional Cleansing Festival

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Introduction To Vietnamese Traditional Cleansing Festival

Vietnamese Traditional Cleansing Festival is another name for Tet Doan Ngo, which takes place on the May 5th Lunar Calendar. Although this event is not as magnificent as the Lunar New Year, it is also an opportunity for Vietnamese to plan pleasant family reunions.

Tet Doan Ngo occurs when the sun is closest to the earth, so it can be considered the summer solstice. “Doan” represents the beginning, whereas “Ngo” refers to the time between 11 am and 1 pm. As a result, people have a tradition of enjoying a meal at noon.

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The event started in China under the name Dragon Boat Event; however, Vietnamese people chose to modify the name to reflect the distinctive essence of this remarkable holiday.

Traditionally, the festival is intended to safeguard crops because all food consumed on this day is created from natural plant products. The holiday also allows people to balance their health by avoiding protein-rich foods.

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Bánh Tro (Green Bean Ash Cake)

Banh Tro is an essential special dish for the Doan Ngo Festival. It is a pyramid-shaped cake wrapped in banana leaves. The cake is made from a mixture of sticky rice and water drained from ashes, while the filling is a sweet mung bean paste.

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According to folklore, hot weather is when bugs and insects thrive. On the other hand, Banh Tro is a refreshing and easy-to-digest food that can help eradicate ailments from the body. Thus, consuming banh ash on this occasion has several health advantages.

Furthermore, consuming Banh Tro can neutralize hazardous compounds in daily diets, protecting health during Doan Ngo Tet and the time after.

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Cơm Rượu (Wine Rice)

Rice wine is a staple of the Tet Doan Ngo in Vietnam. According to old beliefs, the human digestive tract contains several types of insects, worms, and parasites. They will develop rapidly, especially on the May 5th lunar calendar, so this is a good time to eliminate them.

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Furthermore, this meal has a variety of tastes, such as spicy, hot, sweet, sour, and bitter, making it ideal for destroying insects, worms, and parasites in the body. Moreover, rice wine contains alcohol, so consuming it on an empty stomach will cause the stomach worms to “get drunk” and die.

Herbs

During the Tet Doan Ngo, in addition to enjoying plant-based cuisine, people bathe in herbs such as coriander, perilla, marjoram, lemongrass, and bamboo leaves. The ancients believed that bathing in medicinal leaves purifies the body, makes it smell nice, treats colds, and eliminates germs.

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Fruits

During the Doan Ngo Festival, Vietnamese people eat sour cuisine. Ancient people thought that bad spirits were aggressive and frequently assaulted the human body via the digestive tract. Thus, eating sour fruits aids in the battle against germs and the elimination of evil spirits from the body.
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In addition, sour fruits also have a cooling effect, which aids in detoxification. As a result, sour fruits including plums, pineapples, mangos, and apples, have been popular at this festival.
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