Tet is coming, brothers and sisters, what have you prepared to celebrate Tet?
Have you bought yourself new clothes to go out for Tet, or have you prepared ingredients to pack banh chung, or have you planned any fruits to prepare a five-fruit tray for the New Year’s Eve celebration? any.
Seems to be new to the post but asking a lot ^^
Referring to the five-fruit tray, if anyone still does not understand its meaning, or is still wondering about choosing the right fruits, let me share it with you in today’s article!
I. The meaning of the five-fruit tray?
Since ancient times, the five-fruit tray has become one of the indispensable things of the New Year’s Eve offering during the New Year holidays.
Displaying the five-fruit tray on the altar is to show respect to the ancestors, not only that, the five-fruit tray also symbolizes the achievements of the family’s labor in the past 1 year.
Although each region of the country has different ways of choosing and arranging fruits, the five-fruit tray has a common meaning, which is to show respect to grandparents and ancestors when choosing different kinds of fruits. the most delicious, the most beautiful fruit.
Not only that, the five-fruit tray also represents the wish for peace and happiness to come to the family in the coming year. In feng shui, the five-fruit tray also symbolizes the desire for harmony between yin and yang, and all things multiply and flourish.
II. The meaning of each fruit in the five-fruit tray
The five-fruit tray originates from Buddhism and is referred to as a five-color fruit. That’s why the Five-Fruit Tray has 5 types of fruit with 5 different colors.
The word five in the Vietnamese mind also expresses the desire to achieve five things: Phu, Quy, Tho, Khang, and Ninh.
For those of you who don’t know yet Phu means rich, Precious means luxury, Longevity ie live a hundred years, Khang in the word An Khang – Prosperity, also Ninh means peace.
In addition, according to Buddhism, the five also represent the five good roots, including: Credit, ton base, base concept, nail base and wisdom root.
Therefore, each type of fruit in the tray represents a different meaning, specifically as follows:
- Grapefruit, watermelon: The round, succulent grapefruit or watermelon symbolizes a sweet and lucky new year.
- Pear: The sweet taste of pears symbolizes a new year where everything will be smooth sailing.
- Pomegranate: Pomegranate has a lot of seeds, so it symbolizes the wish for the family’s descendants.
- Dig: The peach represents the family’s desire for advancement.
- Sung: Happy in fullness, representing fullness in health, thriving in business, rising like a kite in the wind.
- Coconut: Coconut in the Southern language or called “Zua” means wishing for completeness, not lack.
- Papaya: Papaya symbolizes fullness, abundance and prosperity.
- Mango: Mango symbolizes consumption, full meaning, spending without lack.
- Pink Tangerine: The red and soul of these two fruits represent luck and success.
II. How to display the five-fruit tray according to the 3 regions of North – Central – South
Also, depending on the region, people have different ways of arranging the five-fruit tray.
In the North, people often display the five-fruit tray according to the five-element theory with the five colors white, blue, black, red, and yellow, respectively, representing the five systems of Metal, Wood, Water, Fire, and Earth.
That’s why the five-fruit tray of the Northern people usually has 5 kinds of fruits: Banana, Grapefruit, Tangerine, Persimmon, and Peach.
The way to display the five-fruit tray of the Northern people will often put a bunch of bananas at the bottom and hug all the remaining fruits. Next is the Grapefruit (or Buddha’s Hand) fruit located in the middle. Other fruits are alternately placed in the remaining spaces.
Due to the weather conditions as well as the barren land, people in the Central region have not paid much attention to choosing what kind of fruit to display on the five-fruit tray. They often pay attention to the heart, sincerely to offer to their ancestors. So what kind of fruit they put on it.
However, the five-fruit tray in the Central region often has fruits such as bananas, citrus, pineapple, dragon fruit, and papaya. The way to display the tray of five fruits is usually in the shape of a tower or a dragon on both sides with 2 pineapples as a symbol.
Unlike the North and Central regions, the five-fruit tray of the Southern people has a very careful selection.
People in the South will not use bananas because it reads a lot like the word “chui”, representing a decline or a decline. At the same time, oranges are not displayed because they believe that “mandarin is doomed”.
Instead, the five-fruit tray of the Southern people often has fruits such as custard apple, fig, coconut, papaya, and mango. To make it easier to remember, people also read a typical sentence of the Southern five-fruit tray:
Just enough to use.
Okay, so we’ve just learned more about the five-fruit tray on New Year’s Day in the North, Central and South regions.
It’s also very interesting, isn’t it ^^, Tet is coming, wish you a peaceful, healthy and successful new year!
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