Start the New Year Off Right 

Chuc Mung Nam Moi! Happy Lunar New Year! Many people call it Chinese New Year, but since it's celebrated in countries other than China, it's actually more accurate to call it the Lunar New Year. In Vietnam, the Lunar New Year is known as Tet Nguyen Dan, which literally means the first morning of the first day of the new year. Tet is a celebration of spring, a time of hope and optimism, and the equivalent of the 4th of July, Thanksgiving, and New Year's all rolled into one. This is the year of the goat in Vietnam (but the year of the sheep, or ram, in the Chinese zodiac.)

The Vietnamese are very careful about what they do on Tet as they believe that events of this day will determine their luck for the rest of the year. Why not start your new year off right by contributing to a humanitarian aid project in Vietnam? Click here for the projects in Vietnam of the very fine adoption and humanitarian organization MAPS International. As an adoptive parent, I have personal experience with MAPS and can vouch for their ethics and effectiveness. All of the MAPS projects in Vietnam are worthy, but see especially the center to help kids who are diagnosed with HIV and AIDS, and who are thus more likely to be abandoned. (When babies are given for adoption in Vietnam, it is usually because their mothers, often single, are extremely poor and unable to care for the children.). Your donation can help spread the new year's spirit of hope and optimism.********************* Categories: Giving, Learning

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