TET HOLIDAY

     

Tet Nguyen Dan, more commonly known by its shortened name Tet, is the most important and popular holiday & festival in Vietnam. It is the Vietnamese New Year marking the arrival of spring based on the Lunar calendar. The name Tet Nguyen Dan is Sino-Vietnamese for Feast of the First Morning.

The dates of Lunar New Year differs every year but it generally takes place around late January or February. Because of the fact that Vietnamese families are so close-knitted, Tet Holiday is considered the best occassion for family members to lớn return trang chủ and get together. During Tet, Vietnamese spend time shopping for the New Year, go to lớn Pagodas và Temples. The items of shopping range from food to clothing to decorations for the house. The Vietnamese believe that Tet Holiday is an occasion khổng lồ enjoy life after a full hard-working year, thus people forget their struggles & focus on making the celebration as festive as possible. Due lớn the high regard in which people hold it, Tet, as often as not, is consumed with unique, distinctive colors and flavors. Let’s take a look at some traditions và customs typical of this special holiday in Vietnam.

Food

Chung cake (Sticky square cake)

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– People from all over the country will return to lớn their hometowns for the đầu năm holiday, creating heavy demand for bus, train and plane tickets, as well as khách sạn rooms. If you must travel during this time, try lớn book transportation and accommodation far in advance.

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– With many staff gone trang chủ to their families, businesses và restaurants typically shut for at least the first few days of Tết. Expect cities to lớn be quiet during this time, as well as limited dining và shopping options.

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– The first few days of đầu năm mới are a rare chance lớn see Vietnam’s big cities empty of noise and traffic. Take advantage of the quiet và explore by bicycle, scooter or on foot.

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– You may be invited into a family’s home for đầu năm which is a huge honour. During Tết, it’s important not khổng lồ drop by any Vietnamese trang chủ without an invitation, as the first guests of the year are specially chosen lớn bring good luck lớn each household.

– Warm wishes are much appreciated around & during Tết. On the first days of the new year, smile & say “Chúc Mừng Năm Mới” (Happy New Year) to lớn everyone you see!