Vietnamese Lunar New Year (Tet)
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Vietnamese Tet, also known as Tet Nguyen Dan or simply Tet, is the most important festival in Vietnamese culture. It is the Vietnamese New Year, and it marks the beginning of the lunar calendar. Tet Holiday carries love and hope; signifies family and friend kinship; and promises a better year ahead. If you are interested in learning about local life in Vietnam, there could not be a better time than Tet.
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In Vietnam, there could be no other occasions more special than Tet for all members in a family to unite and enjoy a wide range of hilarious activities during the holiday. Below are the top five most preferable Tet’s activities Vietnamese people often do with family.
Living in a cradle of the wet rice civilization, Vietnamese has a deep connection with nature and to them, besides the buffalo, chicken is one of the six most familiar animals (including: chicken, pig, goat, buffalo, and horse).
Tet celebration in Vietnam starts on the 1st day of Lunar calendar and usually lasts for 3 days. Before Tet holidays, people start having days off from December 26th to tidy up and decorate their houses. The work schedule are normally back to track at January 5th of Lunar Calendar.
In order to have the best Tet experience in Ho Chi Minh city, read these useful tips shared by locals and experienced travellers to ensure a smooth trip during the holidays.
It seems to look like sticky rice, but its bloody red color makes it so bizarre. That is “xoi gac”- the unique red sticky rice that people can find nowhere else in the world except for Vietnam!
Banh Tet, a representative cake in the South Vietnam, can be easily found at any house during Tet.
Frequently asked questions
How long does Tet often last in Vietnam?
Tet, or Vietnamese New Year, typically lasts for 7 days. However, the preparations for Tet can last for several weeks and the holiday spirit can be felt even longer. Many people take time off work to spend with their families and friends, so the holiday period can feel quite extended. The official dates of Tet are determined by the lunar calendar and are based on the sighting of the new moon, so it can fall on different days each year.
It's worth noting that The duration of the Tet holiday can vary depending on the region, company, and individual family traditions, some people might take more days off for the celebration than others.
When is Vietnamese Tet 2024?
Vietnamese New Year, or Tet, for the year 2024 is expected to begin on Mon, Feb 12, 2024 and end on Mon, Feb 19, 2024. The exact dates may vary slightly as Tet is based on the lunar calendar and the dates are determined by the sighting of the moon.
What are interesting facts about Vietnamese new year holiday?
Vietnamese New Year, also known as Tet, is the most important holiday in Vietnam. It is a time for family reunions, honoring ancestors, and wishing for good luck in the new year. Some fun facts about Tet include:
- Tet usually falls in late January or early February and lasts for several days.
- People in Vietnam clean their homes and decorate with flowers, especially the yellow apricot blossom, to welcome the new year.
- Red envelopes filled with money are given to children and unmarried adults as a symbol of good luck.
- Traditional foods are prepared, such as banh chung (sticky rice cakes), and savory meat dishes.
- It is traditional to visit relatives and friends during Tet, and many people take time off work to do so.
- Many traditional games and activities are played, such as lion dancing and kite flying.
How many days are stores closed during Tet?
It really depends on the store owners. Vietnamese small businesses are very strict about their reopening day during the new year, wishing for a lucky and prosperous year ahead. They may visit a fortune teller or check the lunar calendar book and pick the date that best match their zodiac. Some may open on the first day of the year, others will wait until the tenth or even after the First Full Moon Festival (Tet Nguyen Tieu).
Are grocery stores open during Tet Holiday?
Some grocery stores such as Aeon Mall only close briefly on the New Year Day's morning and open from noon until late at night. Vinmart store chains often close on the first day and open on the second day of the new year. It is better you avoid visiting the shopping mall or grocery stores within 2-3 days before Tet holiday as they will be jam-packed with locals making their last minute holiday shopping.
When is Tet 2023?
In 2023, the lunar new year eve will fall on January 21 and new year day on January 22. The actual public holiday is from January 19 to January 26. Expect banks, schools and other public institutions to close during this time.
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Chuc Mung Nam Moi from France!
Do you know where I can get all ingredients for Banh Chung in California?
This restaurant sells all kinds of Vietnamese food: Kim Huong - 8860 Bolsa Ave, Ste C, Westminster, CA 92683. Cheers
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