Viet Voice

Celebrating the Lunar New Year, Nail Art Style

by Kimberly Pham | February 3, 2011 | Bookmark +

Once again, I'd like to wish you all a happy and prosperous Lunar New Year. Pictured above (from right to left), the cherimoya (mảng cầu), papaya (đu đủ), and mango (xoài) traditionally help bring in the new year. The fruits' names in Vietnamese sound similar to the phrase "cầu đủ xài," which translates to "prayers for enough to spend," and are arranged and displayed in hopes of having just enough to get through the year. Lions, like the one pictured above, are said to help scare away evil spirits during the traditional lion dance, or múa lân.

So farewell, Year of the Tiger.

(A little "Tiger" humor from Phuong Mai Nguyen at Kreme de la Kreme Nail Lounge in Long Beach, Calif.)

Hello, Year of the Cat! Tina Vu from Naitech Salon in Pine Bluff, Arkansas sent in these festive nail art tips.

Here is an Asian-themed nail art tutorial on Chinese New Year-inspired nails by nail artist Misti Shereda from Springfield, Ill. Misti created six step-by-steps using red and gold designs including one Japanese Lucky Cat, or Maneki Neko, design that fittingly connects all three cultures.

To continue the festivities, I'm heading to Garden Grove, Calif., this weekend for the Tết Festival of Southern California hosted by the Union of Vietnamese Student Associations (UVSA), where I hope I'll find more Lunar New Year-inspired nail art to share.

Chúc các bạn dồi dào sực khỏe và may mắn!

— Kim
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