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Tet – Festive Season

Tet – Festive Season

Tet Nguyen Dan, or simply Tet, is the most celebrated and important holiday in Vietnam. Not only Tet is a celebration of the arrival of spring and an occasion to pay respects to one’s ancestors, it is first and foremost a family holiday and people generally return home during this time. Vietnam has its own unique Tet traditions, which have developed over generations, and epitomize the country’s cultural identity.


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New Year Rituals in Vietnam

New Year Rituals in Vietnam

Vietnam celebrate new year 2 times a year! The Western new year and the traditional Tet. Tet is the biggest festive time of the year and all Vietnamese, no matter what they do where they stay, come back home for a family reunion. There are many interesting rituals that are practiced during the Vietnam New Year.


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What is the Vietnamese Chung Cake?

What is the Vietnamese Chung Cake?

Banh Chung, or Chung Cake, is a traditional Vietnamese steamed sticky rice cake, which is made of glutinous rice, mung beans, pork, and other ingredients. Chung Cake is considered an essential element of the family altar on the occasion of Tet (Vietnamese’s New Year), the making and eating of Chung Cake during Tet is a well-preserved tradition of Vietnamese people. For every Vietnamese, making Banh Chung is the ideal way to express their gratitude to their ancestors.


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Tet Celebration

Tet Celebration

Tet, or Lunar New Year, is the most important celebration in Vietnamese culture. The word is a shortened form of Tet Nguyen Dan, which is Sino-Vietnamese for "Feast of the First Morning of the First Day". Tet celebrates the arrival of the spring based on the Vietnamese calendar, which usually has the date falling in January or February (2017 date: Jan 28, 2018 date: Feb 16). Tet is generally celebrated on the same day as Chinese New Year.


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