Tet Holiday, or Lunar New Year is the most important celebration of Vietnam. Like Western New Year Eve, the meaning of Tet is ending old year and welcome new year.
Tet starts on the first day of the first lunar month (according to the lunar calendar). During Tet, there are lots of interesting customs such as visiting relatives’ houses (Xong Nha), giving lucky money to children, cooking special holiday foods,… Above all, Tet is a fete of family reunions. This is a golden occasion to visit and share happiness and love to our old-timers.
Spring couplet is one of the must-have items on Tet. They are greetings which Vietnamese people often wish their friends and relatives.
Flower floating market in District 8, HCMC is a special custom of this city. Before Tet, Vietnamese people often go to floating market to buy agricot, the symbol of spring
This is a popular decoration item on Tet. With a Chinese word on it (which means “good fortune”), people hope the item will bring joy and luck to their family all year
Seven days before the New Year Eve, Vietnamese people have a custom of dedicating Kitchen Guardian, who will come back to heaven and report how good/bad a person be in the old year.
On New Year Eve( midnight of the last day of December lunar calendar), people go to temples to pray for a new brilliant year.
Nguyen Hue Flower Street has become popular since 2001, people go there to take photographs and enjoy the spring atmosphere
On Tet, Vietnamese women like to wear Ao Dai, a beautiful traditional dress to go out with friends and families.
In the 15th day of the first lunar month, YuanXiao Festival, or Lantern Festival is held. Parades and lantern exhibitions are opened. After this festival, people come back to their daily lives