While many dream of the year of the Rabbit, Vietnam celebrates the cat

The Lunar New Year kicks off on Sunday, and more than 1 billion people will play in a glittering year, prompting one of the world's largest annual migrations as observers travel

The holiday is celebrated throughout much of Asia and the Asian diaspora, including among those of Vietnamese, Chinese, and Korean descent

The holiday is also celebrated in Mongolia, but in February, since the date is determined there with a specific calendar device.

While almost everyone will ring in the year of the Rabbit in 2023, Vietnam is welcoming the year of the Cat. Why is Vietnam different from the rest of the arena this year

One clarification has to do with linguistics, according to Doan Thanh Loc, cultural representative at the South Jade Pavilion Cultural Center in Vietnam

It's widely believed that the Chinese word for rabbit sounds like the Vietnamese word for cat, but now it's not exactly authentic.

The date of the Vietnam Lunar New Year, also known as Tet Nguyen Dan, is decided using the Chinese-language lunisolar calendar

This new year can be called Quy Mao, after the tenth heavenly stem, Quy, and the fourth earthly department, Mao. In China

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