What is tết?


Tet holiday – Vietnamese Lunar New Year or simply Tet Vietnam is the most significant festival in the S-shaped country. As a result of being calculated by the lunar calendar, the Tet festival often occurs at the end of January or the beginning of February, which is later than New Year’s Day. As the longest Vietnam holiday, Tet Vietnam is the most wonderful occasion for all foreign tourists to spend their Vietnam vacation packages enjoying the festive atmosphere and exploring one of the oldest festivals in the world. Tet festival 2023 is on January 22nd, 2023 (New Year’s Eve is the previous day).

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Tet Holiday – Vietnamese New Year

What is Tet Holiday – Vietnamese New Year?

Tet Vietnam is celebrated to lớn welcome the Lunar New Year và summarize what they did in the old one. It is considered an important mark for changes, plans, and progress. In addition, Vietnamese people believe that what they vị on the first day of the new year will affect their rest. Therefore, they pay great attention lớn every word they say & everything they do. Furthermore, Tet in Vietnam may be the only occasion for all family members khổng lồ have happy moments together after a year of hard-working.

A family is making traditional phổ biến cakes on the Tet holiday

A traditional Tet festival in Vietnam often lasts for a month. However, the busy life makes it shorter and even disappears. If you choose a new type of travel like cruising to enjoy the multi-culture Lunar New Year, your travel plan should be picked the right countries where people still hold a long festival such as Thailand, China, Taiwan, and Vietnam, which is often a week. Recently, some people express their idea lớn cancel the Vietnamese New Year & only celebrate the Western New Year. Although it is constructive, the Tet holiday will still be remaining as a vital festival in Vietnam because of its priceless traditions, customs, & meaning.


The Features of Tet Holiday – Vietnamese New Year

Vietnamese Lunar New Year is NOT Chinese Lunar New Year

It is absolutely mistaken khổng lồ say that the Vietnamese are celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year. Although both countries use the lunar calendar, Vietnamese people have different lunar new year customs, celebrations, và traditions from China.

The History of Lunar New Year in Vietnam

According to lớn the historical documents, in the thirteenth century, Vietnamese people often celebrated the Tet holiday by painting tattoos on themselves, drinking traditional glutinous-rice liquor, using betel nuts to lớn welcome guests, and eating tầm thường cakes, pickled onions. In the Ly dynasty (1009-1226), many important rituals were made for the Tet festival such as setting up a dome to lớn pray for the rains or building communal houses to crave for a year of abundant harvests. In the period of King Le Thanh Tong (1442-1497), Tet was the most important festival & hundreds of mandarins had to lớn gather at the royal court to celebrate this lunar new year festival with royal families.


The Tet Holiday’s Foods

In the Vietnamese language, to lớn celebrate Tet also means khổng lồ eat, which affirmed the important role of Vietnam’s Lunar New Year’s Food. One Vietnamese traditional proverb denotes that you can be hungry all year except for three days of the Tet festival because dozens of delicious dishes and desserts will be prepared on Lunar New Year in Vietnam lớn feast on the ancestors as well as every family member.


Chung Cake

Chung cake is the traditional cake in Vietnam that only appears on the Tet holiday. Tasty & savory phổ biến cake is made from very familiar ingredients to lớn all Vietnamese such as sticky rice, green beans, & pork, which is wrapped in green leaves and boiled overnight. According lớn a legend that has been passed on for thousands of generations, chung cake is the symbol of Earth because it combines all the quality ingredients of Vietnamese agriculture. Although tầm thường cake can be tasted in all seasons nowadays, enjoying these cakes during the Tet holiday still brings special feelings to lớn Vietnamese people.


Jam – Vietnamese Lunar New Year’s Dessert

Jam is a common snack to welcome guests on the Tet holiday. It is mainly made from dried fruits like carrots, coconuts, apples, or some kinds of seeds such as roasted watermelon seeds, and sunflower seeds mixed with sugar. The Vietnamese believe eating sweet things on the Tet holiday will bring them luck for the Lunar New Year.


Pickled Onions

On the Tet holiday, people often eat fast and oiled foods which easily cloys their appetite. This is high time for something with low calories and fresh like pickled onions. They help the digestive system digest high-protein food more easily. In the minds of Vietnamese people, Tet is only complete when there are fat meat, pickled onions, và red distiches.


Besides, there is a myriad of signature dishes that inspire the taste in different regions of the Vietnamese Lunar New Year such as spring rolls, boiled chickens, Vietnamese sausages, sticky rice, và so on.

Mascots of Tet holiday

Vietnamese Zodiac Signs

Each Lunar New Year will have a symbolic animal. 12 Vietnamese zodiac signs are different from Chinese ones (The fourth zodiac sign in Vietnam is cát while it is Rabbit in China). Every animal will bring unique luck in its year so you can see them everywhere in Vietnam through Tet holiday decorations or advertisement signs. Tet holiday 2023 is the year of the Cat.


Trees & Flowers on Tet Holiday

Peach blossoms in Northern Vietnam và apricot blossom trees in Southern Vietnam are also symbols that exclusively appear on the Tet holiday. The light red of peach blossom will bring luck while the yellow of apricot blossom will bring fortune khổng lồ the owners. It is said that Tet Vietnam will chiến bại itself if missing two of them.


Neu Tree

It is originally a 5-meter tall bamboo shoot. The chop of the tree hangs different things based on each region such as votive papers, amulet exorcism, or alcohol bottles made of straw. It is believed that the appearance of the Neu tree on the Tet holiday in Vietnam is the signal for the devils to realize that this place is trang chủ to living people, not khổng lồ harass.

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Tray of Five Fruits

This is a tray of five different fruits such as bananas, grapefruits, oranges, and other tropical fruits which are only prepared on the Vietnamese New Year. Although each region chooses different fruits, a tray of five fruits is still used to lớn express the wishes for the Lunar New Year of the host family by their names, colors, and arrangements.


In addition, kumquat trees, Dong Ho paintings, & red distiches are also believed by the Vietnamese lớn bring luck và wealth for them all around the year.

How is Tet Holiday Celebrated?

Before Tet Holiday – How Vietnam Lunar New Year is Prepared?

Tet Ong Cong, Ong Tao (Gods và Goddess of Kitchen)

On the 23rd of the last month in the lunar calendar, Vietnamese people prepare the traditional offerings and especially the carps lớn regale the gods and goddesses living at their house all over the year. Then they will release the carp into the river so they will be used by the Gods as transportations to come khổng lồ heaven, according to the legend. In heaven, they will report everything happening all around the year of their family to the King of heaven. They will come back on the last day of the year khổng lồ celebrate the Tet holiday with the host. The carps then become the dragons. Tet Ong Cong, Ong Tao of Tet holiday 2023 is on January 14th.

Altar of Kitchen GodsCleaning & Decorating the House

Tet holiday is also called by the jolly name “house-cleaning festival”. A week before the Tet festival, all members of the family clean the house, the garden, the altars, vì Tet holiday decorations. Broken things will be repaired, old things will be replaced. Clothes & decorations such as lanterns, distiches, và led lights will be bought. All those preparations have the same purpose – khổng lồ be the best to lớn welcome the Lunar New Year festival & to receive luck as well as fortune.


The Last Day of the Year & Lunar New Year Eve

On the last day of the year, every member of different generations gathers around a grand banquet to enjoy the last meal of the year. The talk at that time is about things already happening in the year. The ambiance of the reunion is always the most wonderful & happiest of all.

Last meal of the year

On Lunar New Year Eve, the young often go out to lớn watch the Tet holiday firework performance while the elderly & adults stay at home making offerings of pig head, boiled chicken, rice, & salt for outdoor worshipping lớn the Gods and indoor one khổng lồ the ancestors. They will pray for a new year of luck, health, and fortune lớn every family member.

Dragon Dance at Tet Festival

After that, the young return trang chủ and become the first ones to lớn come to lớn the house in the lunar new year. It is believed that the wishes of that person for the host will come true. Then everyone gathers again to drink some alcohol or juice. Then the wishes, as well as plans of every person for the new year, will be shared with others.

Asking for Lucky Letters

During Tet Holiday – Vietnamese Lunar New Year Traditions & Customs

Lunar New Year in Vietnam traditionally lasts for three days. People often stay at home to welcome guests lớn their houses or go lớn their relatives and neighborhood houses. The elderly will be received the Tet holiday’s gifts and wishes for health, the adults will be received the ones for fortune và success while the young & children will be received lucky money. Laughs and talks appear everywhere on the Tet holiday these days. Besides, Vietnamese people often go to lớn pagodas. By donating money and asking for letters, they will receive several lucks và a fortune.


Vietnamese New Year Wishes & Greetings

The Tet festival is the main holiday in Vietnam. Therefore, Vietnamese people will give each other the best wishes for a lucky và successful Lunar New Year. Below are some of the Tet holiday greetings & wishes with meanings in English.

Chuc Mung phái nam Noi: Happy Vietnam Lunar New YearAn Khang Thinh Vuong: Wish you are always safe & sound, wealthy, & prosperous.Van Su Nhu Y: All your wishes will come true.Tan Tai rã Loc: Wish you a new year of fortune.

Festivals và Activities after Tet Holiday

Tet Vietnam ends when votive papers are burned & offerings are taken down from the altars to nội dung with every family member. It is the time for people to lớn join in festivals all around the country after the Vietnamese Lunar New Year such as the buffalo fighting festivals or boat racing, wrestling, lion or rồng dances. Festivals will be organized for a month after the Tet holiday so you are able khổng lồ attend and explore them as many as possible.

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To talk about Tet Holiday, the Vietnamese Lunar New Year is a priceless value in Vietnam và an indispensable part of the life of all Vietnamese people. Plan Vietnam tours to enjoy the Tet holiday và experience unforgettable experiences of Vietnamese cultures, customs, & traditions.

The Tet Holiday Dates và Corresponding Zodiac Animals