National Geographic – one of the leading travel magazines in the world has released a list of Top 10 Celebration Foods of the World and among those chosen in the esteemed selection are Banh Chung and Banh Day, traditional foods in Vietnam every Tet.
As said by the magazine, celebrating Vietnam’s most important holiday requires a hopeful outlook—Tet marks the arrival of spring-and a strong appetite.
For Vietnamese, Tet is a time for all the family member to be reunions and feasts. Roasted watermelon seeds and dried candied fruits are typical small bites, but rolls of sticky rice and meat or bean fillings (wrapped in leaves) are the ultimate Tet food which appear in every Vietnamese houses.
Banh Chung (Chung Cake)
“Banh Chung” (Chung cake) is a traditional and irreplaceable cake of Vietnamese people in the Tet Holidays and King Hung’s anniversary (10th March Lunar). For the Vietnamese, making “Banh Chung” is the ideal way to express gratitude to their ancestors and homeland.
The procedure of making “Chung Cake”
Banh Day – Round Cake
The diversity of Banh Day
These banh chung (square packets, which symbolize Earth) and banh day (round packets, which represent sky) are figurative and flavorful foundations of the feast.
The other Top 10 Celebration Foods of the World listed by National Geographic are Bread of the Dead in Mexico’s Day of the Dead, Hakarl in Iceland’s Mid-Western Festival Thorrablot, Moon Cakes in China’s Mid-Autumn, Hamantaschen in Jewish Purim, King Cake in Mardi Gras, Besan Burfi of India’s Diwali, Kahk of Egyptian Eid al-Fitr, Haggis of Scotland’s Burns Night and Pastelitos del 25 de Mayo of Argentina’s May Revolution.
Being one of the great celebration foods is a great honor for Vietnam as it is a confirmation of the country’s world-class status when it comes to its food, among others. But more importantly, it seals a nation’s love and pride for its history and culture which clearly emanates into the rest of the world.
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