Tet 2013 – Tet Nguyen Dan 2014

Tet Nguyen Dan, literally means “Feast of the First Morning” is the most important holiday in Vietnam. It celebrates the coming of spring. Tet falls on the first day of the first month in the Chinese calendar, and is generally celebrated on the same day as the Chinese New Year.

When is Tet 2014?
Tet 2014 falls on Friday, 31 January 2014. The Tet 2014 public holiday in Vietnam will be from Thursday, 30 January 2014 to Wednesday, 4 February 2014.

Tet 2014 Celebrations
Vietnamese prepare for weeks before the Tet New Year by spring cleaning and painting their house to welcome the new year.

During the Tet New Year Eve, people will light up firecrackers and play gongs throughout the night. It is believed that loud noises will get rid of bad luck.

During the Tet 2014, there will be parades in the street with lion dances and dragon dances. After parades, people go home, families and friends will visit each others and have a feast of traditional Vietnamese dishes, such as Banh Chung (sticky rice dumpling), Hat Dua (roasted watermelon seed), Dua Hanh (pickled onion) and Mut (dried sweetened fruit).

Elders will then hand out phong bao mung tuoi (red envelopes with money) to children for good luck and good behaviour.

Happy Tet 2014 ! Chuc Mung Nam Moi !