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Vietnamese Lunar New Year (Tet)

2021 - Year Of The Buffalo

The most important celebration in Vietnamese culture, 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.

Vietnamese Traditional Calligraphy During Tet
Local Customs

Vietnamese Traditional Calligraphy During Tet

Tet holiday is undoubted the most important and expected event of a year in Vietnam. During Tet, a number of traditional meaningful customs are practiced and calligraphy hanging is one of most beautiful one.

Last Day Of The Lunar Year: All Rituals Packed In 24 Hours
Local Customs

Last Day Of The Lunar Year: All Rituals Packed In 24 Hours

The last day of the year is also the most important day since people trying to finish all necessary remaining duty of the whole year and preparation for an upcoming year.

"Li xi" - Lucky Money for Tet
Local Customs

"Li xi" - Lucky Money for Tet

Visiting Vietnam on the very first days of Lunar New Year, tourists may feel curious when seeing children are extremely happy and excited about receiving tiny red envelopes from adults.

Business Opening? Pick The Right Date For A Prosperous Year
Local Customs

Business Opening? Pick The Right Date For A Prosperous Year

Derived from the perfectionist viewpoint of welcoming all good things and avoiding bad things at all cost, in Vietnamese culture, before doing important things such as building a house, organizing a wedding party or starting a business, Vietnamese are convinced that choosing the right date is vital.

Kitchen God Day - Tet Tao Quan
Tet Essentials

Kitchen God Day - Tet Tao Quan

Well-known for the long-lasting history and rich culture, Vietnam is the land of festivities and celebrations. December of Lunar Calendar (normally January of Gregorian Calendar) is usually the busiest month as everybody is in a rush to prepare for some biggest festivals of the whole year.

Tet Nguyen Tieu - First Full Moon Of The Year
Tet Essentials

Tet Nguyen Tieu - First Full Moon Of The Year

Besides Tet, Tet Nguyen Tieu (First Full Moon of the New Year) is also a good opportunity for foreigners to experience Vietnamese culture thoroughly. Although Tet Nguyen Tieu originates from China, when being spread to Vietnam, Tet Nguyen Tieu has adopted to the particular cultural aspect of VIetnam and plays a significant role in Vietnamese's cultural and religious life.

Origin Of Vietnam Tradition Xông đất
Local Customs

Origin Of Vietnam Tradition Xông đất

Year by year, Tết holiday has repeated in the role of the most fundamental and also biggest festival of a year to Vietnamese, from Kinh people to ethnic communities. In this crucial event, Xông đất (first visit to a home in a year) appears to be one of the indispensable rites.

Do and Don't When Xong Dat
Local Customs

Do and Don't When Xong Dat

Tet Nguyen Dan- the biggest festival of the year- plays an extremely essential role in Vietnamese’s beliefs and culture. Among many complicated religious rituals performed in this occasion, “xong dat” (first visit to a home in a year) is believed to decide the fortune of the host for the whole year.

Visiting Pagodas On New Year Days
Local Customs

Visiting Pagodas On New Year Days

Together with the festive atmosphere Tet brings to Vietnam every year, the event also the best time of the year for Vietnamese to show their religious belief and traditional custom. Among them, visiting pagodas on the first days of the year has long been a lofty tradition.

What Gifts Do Vietnamese Bring For Tet?
Tet Essentials

What Gifts Do Vietnamese Bring For Tet?

Giving gifts on Tet Festival, which has been long a traditional custom in Vietnam’s ancient culture, represents not only the close relationship but also the thorough and subtle of human behaviors. Vietnamese are extremely careful in talking and behaving on the very first days of New Year, as it can determine the good fortune throughout the year.

Visiting Hoi An During Tet: 5 Things To Know
Travel Tips

Visiting Hoi An During Tet: 5 Things To Know

As Tet holiday is the most important period of a year to Vietnamese, just like Christmas and New Year to Weterners, there are some notices for travellers who want to travel to Hoi An during this holiday to avoid unpleasant things happen.

Year Of The Snake - 2013, 2025, 2037
Tet By Year

Year Of The Snake - 2013, 2025, 2037

Although to many people, snake is associated with venoms and danger, in Vietnam, snake is considered a symbol of luck. 2013 is thus believed by many a year of prosperity and peace.

Year Of The Horse - 2014, 2026, 2038
Tet By Year

Year Of The Horse - 2014, 2026, 2038

Horse represents pace and enthusiasm, so many people has strong belief that 2014 – The Year of Horse – might be a year of rapid development and prosperity.

Year Of The Goat - 2015, 2027, 2039
Tet By Year

Year Of The Goat - 2015, 2027, 2039

Learn more about Tet 2015 and Year of the Goat's symbolic value in Vietnam.

Year Of The Monkey - 2016, 2028, 2040
Tet By Year

Year Of The Monkey - 2016, 2028, 2040

For Vietnamese kids, monkey is probably the most familiar animal. Monkey is often thought of as a smart and fast animal which now exists either in a circus or in rural rainforests.

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Frequently asked questions

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 2021?

In 2021, the lunar new year eve will fall on February 11th and new year day on February 12th. The actual public holiday is from February 10 to February 16. Expect banks, schools and other public institutions to close during this time.

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Public Holidays 2021

New Year's Day Fri, Jan 01
Vietnamese New Year's Eve Thu, Feb 11
Lunar New Year (Tết) Fri, Feb 12
Hùng Kings' Festival Wed, Apr 21
Reunification Day Fri, Apr 30
Labour Day Sat, May 01
Independence Day of Vietnam Thu, Sep 02

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