Vietnamese First Birthday Tradition (Thoi Noi)

Vietnamese First birthday Tradition is one of the most important day in Vietnamese people’s life. Since first birthday, the child is considered to be a real member of family. Celebrating first birthday for children or Thoi Noi – a tradition which has existed for a long time. Family would like to say a big thank to gods, especially Mu Ba (God Mother) and ancestors for supporting the child who has been healthy, intelligent and lucky.  It’s a chance for relatives and family’s friends to come and wish all the best to the child. Thoi Noi also represents for family’s belief in a bright future.

Offerings for Gods: Steamed sticky, Sweet soup (Vietnamese glutinous rice dumplings in caramel ginger syrup, Sweet soup with glutinous rice and black-eyed peas), Boiled whole duck, Roasted whole pig with a sharp knife on the pig’s back, congee, herbs, incense sticks, kerosene oil lamp, wine, tea, tray of fruits, flowers. Offerings could be different in different regions. They are arranged on trays which are put in garden, on tables in house. Oldest person of family burns incense sticks and pray for best things for child. After the praying, relatives and family’s friends give their presents to the child. They could gift red envelopes containing lucky money, new clothes, toys… After that, child can choose his favorite from a tray consisting mirror, comb, pen, book, steamed sticky rice, money, scissors… The first thing he choose helps to predict his future job, for example if he chooses scissors, he could be a barber in future. At last, foods are served to all guests, everybody will eat, drink and talk to each other happily.

Steamed sticky rice with Gac which has red/orange color is usually cooked for Thoi Noi

Sweet soup with glutinous rice and black-eyed peas

Vietnamese glutinous rice dumplings in caramel ginger syrup

Everything is on the table on Vietnamese First Birthday Tradition.

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