Tet Festival Transforms Vietnam Each Year
Tet Nguyen Dan, or simply Tet for short, is the biggest festival of the year in Vietnam. This year it all kicks off on February 10 and lasts until the 13th. Tet is the first day of the first month of the lunar calendar.
During Tet, Vietnamese pay homage to ancestors and elders. Tet was traditionally a long break between the harvesting of crops and the sowing of the next cycle. In terms of annual significance, think of it as a combination of Christmas and New Year.
Like the Chinese, the Vietnamese believe that yellow and red colours bring good luck. Ahead of Tet, houses are liberally decorated with peach blossom, chrysanthemums, lavender and marigold. People believe that what they do in the dawn of Tet day will determine the rest of the year. It is therefore important to have your house scrupulously clean in advance. The first person to visit you on Tet morning should be prosperous and respected. Such people bring good luck for the rest of the year.
Expect a lot of eating, drinking and revelry. Everywhere is busy – except work places, as befits a joyous holiday. Transport and accommodation options are fully booked well in advance.
Tet stands as one of the big, iconic festivals of the Mekong region – along with the water festivals of Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Cambodia in April.
There are many exotic, religious and secular holidays in Vietnam. Heavenly cycles, lunar and zodiac influences abound. Khiri Vietnam is happy to provide you a list of the major festivals.