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Thuy Tien and Tet

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The Legend of the Narcissus The flower that English-speakers know as the Narcissus is called the ‘Thuy Tien’ in Vietnamese, and is considered an auspicious flower to display during the Lunar New Year season. According to legend, there was once a very rich man who had three sons. When the old man died, the two […]

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Vietnamese Wedding Traditions: Betel and the Areca Tree

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Once upon a time, long ago, there were two brothers, Tan and Lang. They were very close, and did everything together, and eventually, they both fell in love with the same woman. Because the brothers were so devoted to one another, they each offered to let the other marry the girl. Finally, the girl’s father […]

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The Dragon Lord and the Fish

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The Story of Ngư Tinh. Many people are familiar with the story of Lac Long Quan, the dragon lord who served as the father of the Au Lac, who were the first people of Vietnam. Lac Long Quan had many other stories told about him besides this creation story, however, as he did good works […]

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Why Apricot Branches are Lucky for Tet

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Once, very long ago, two good spirits lived in an apricot tree. These spirits were named Tra and Uất Lũy, and they drove all the bad spirits away from the land around the apricot tree. Therefore, all the people who lived near the apricot tree lived prosperous lives free of evil spirits or bad luck. […]

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The Trung Sisters

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Heroines and Rebels of Ancient Vietnam Do you ever feel like there are not enough female leaders in history, or like you can’t find powerful female role models? Two important figures in Vietnamese history are the Tru’ng sisters, a pair of sisters who served as both military leaders and as queens for a short time. […]

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Tet Lime Powder

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Why spread Lime Powder Around Your Home at Tet? In ancient times, an Emperor named Dinh Tien Hoang ruled Vietnam. During his rule, a plague swept over the country. Nothing that the wise people or doctors could think of helped stop the plague from spreading. The emperor prayed for help, and a spirit appeared. The […]

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The Story of the Rice Cakes

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Why Rice Cakes are Eaten at Tet Once, an emperor had many sons, all of whom pursued different interests and lived very different lives. One of the emperor’s sons chose to live a simple life as a farmer growing rice. One day, the emperor announced that each of his sons should make a dish fit […]

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The Emperor and Vietnam’s Second Dynasty

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The Story of Đinh Bộ Lĩnh In the mid- and late 900’s, China often invaded Vietnam, a country that had only recently gained its independence. In those days, a young man from a small village named Đinh Bộ Lĩnh became a very successful military leader, and eventually, became the ruler of Vietnam. Đinh Bộ Lĩnh […]

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Firecrackers and Tet

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The Story of Firecrackers and the Lunar New Year According to Vietnamese beliefs, there are many spirits that live in the land. Some spirits are good, and bring beneficent luck, fortune, and protection to people, but there are also bad spirits that work mischief. Long ago, two bad spirits lived near a village, but they […]

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Marathon Origin

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The History of the Race Ever wonder why we run the marathon? In 490 AD, Persians invaded Greece, attacking the city of Marathon. When the Greek soldiers defeated the Persians, one Greek soldier named Pheiddippides ran all the way from Marathon to Athens – a total distance of about 24 miles. According to legend, Pheiddippides’s […]

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Can Trish be an actress?! (2 of 2)

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You’ve seen her in front a camera for photoshoot and live performance,...

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Can Trish be an actress?! (1 of 2)

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You’ve seen her in front a camera for photoshoot and live performance,...

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Trish Flies A Fighter Jet In…High Heels!

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Watch Trish gear up to fly an airplane and shoot down enemies at Flight Deck...

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