Tết

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Tet Nguyen Dan, or Tet for short, is considered the biggest and most popular festival of the year in Vietphái mạnh. Celebrated on the first day of the first month in Lunar Calendar, Tet’s celebration is the longest holiday which may last up to lớn seven days.

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How Tet is calculated?Different from the Gregorian calendar, Lunar Calendar has a fix number of twelve sầu months with 30 days each, & a leap-year will have sầu a whole intercalary month instead of the 29th day of February. The new year of Lunar Calendar normally will start in late January or beginning of February according to lớn Gregorian calendar. That explains why Tet days vary from year to lớn year: it is because the leap month may fall shorter or longer which create a smaller or bigger gap between the two calendars.

When is Tet?

In 2011, Tet day falls on February 3rdIn 2012, Tet day falls on January 23rdIn 2013, Tet is on February 10thIn năm trước, Tet is on January 31stIn năm ngoái, Tet is on February 19thIn năm nhâm thìn, Tet is on February 8thIn 2017, Tet is on January 28th

The actual holiday will last 1 day before & about 3-5 days after the day mentioned above sầu.

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What is Tet?

Tet is the occasion for Vietnamese lớn express their respect và remembrance for their ancestors as well as welcoming the New Year with their beloved family members. Moreover, in the past, Tet was essential as it provided one of few long breaks during the agricultural year, which was held between the harvesting of the crops & the sowing of the next ones. To make it easier, one can imagine Tet as a combination of Christmas & New Year: every family will get together lớn have big meals, decorate Tet trees and eat Tet food but khổng lồ welcome the new year instead of a religious cause.Watch our latest video: My heart can feel Tet for the most vivid image from Tet in Vietphái nam.

How is Tet celebrated?Since Tet occupies an important role in Vietnamese’s religious beliefs, Vietnamese will begin their preparations well in advance of the upcoming New Year. In an effort to get rid of the bad luck of the old year, people will spend a few days cleaning their homes, polishing every utensil, or even repaint và decorate the house with kumquat tree, branches of peach blossom, & many other colorful flowers. The ancestral altar is especially taken care of, with careful decoration of five kinds of fruits & votive sầu papers, along with many religious rituals. Everytoàn thân, especially children, buy new clothes and shoes to wear on the first days of New Year. People also try khổng lồ pay all their pending debts & resolve all the arguments aao ước colleagues, friends or members of family.

Like other Asian countries, Vietnamese believe sầu that the color of red & yellow will bring good fortune, which may explain why these colors can be seen everywhere in Lunar New Year. People consider what they vì on the dawn of Tet will determine their fate for the whole year, hence people always smile và behave as nice as they can in the hope for a better year. Besides, gifts are exchanged between family members & friends & relatives, while children receive lucky money kept in red envelope.

No matter where Tet is celebrated, it must be clarified from the beginning that Tet is not a day, but several days of celebration.The general process is as follow (all dates quoted in lunar calendar):

Ông Công, Ông Táo Day (Kitchen God day) - December 23rdWrapping Chung cake - December 26-28thFamily reunion & Tất niên - December 30thGiao quá - New Year's Eve: including praying sessions lớn God & Ancestors, Xông khu đất (First visit lớn a family in the new year)First three days of the new year: visit paternal side on the first day, maternal side on the second day và teachers on the third dayVisit relatives, friends và neighbours: can take place from January 3rd - 5thHóa xoàn - burn the offerings near Tet's end for ancestors: January 4thReopen business: usually owners pick a good date that matches their ageTết Nguim Tiêu: January 15th

Food for TetThe following food is often consumed during Tet; some are particular to Tet and often associated with the gr& celebration:

Banh Chung/ Banh TetPickled onionsBoiled chickenMung bean puddingVietnamese sausage - giò chảXôi Gấc - Red Sticky RiceRoasted nuts và seeds

Travelling lớn Vietnam during TetTet has a very special attached meaning khổng lồ all Vietnamese. It is the time for everybody toàn thân to come back to lớn their hometown, gathering with family, visiting relatives và having a good relaxing time after a hard-working year. If you have sầu the opportunity khổng lồ visit Vietnam giới during Tet holiday, make sure you join this festive và happy moments of Vietnamese!