Vietnam New Year

Vietnam New Year is one of the most vital holidays in Vietnam and is also the longest and biggest holiday in Vietnam. This is an occasion for pilgrims and family reunions for all Vietnamese people.

Tet Nguyen Dan regularly takes place between the last week of January and the third week of February which is divided into three periods, known as penultimate New Year's Eve, New Year's Eve, and the New Year.

In 2016, Tet is on February 8th (actual holiday from Feb 6-14)


In Vietnam lunar year, Vietnamese usually decorate their homes with bonsai and flower plants such as chrysanthemum, marigold, peach flower, the kumquat tree, etc.

The main color is used in Vietnam traditional holiday is red and yellow – good fortune.

Things to do in Tet Holiday

Before and during Tet holiday

  • Vietnamese regularly spend a few days cleaning their homes, polish every utensil or even repaint or decorate the house with kumquat tree, branches of peach blossom and colorful flowers.
  • Cooking traditional Tết food and waiting for relatives to return home.
  • Buy new clothes and shoes to wear on the first days of New Year
  • Visit their relatives and temples

Traditional Foods in Vietnam New Year

The following food is regularly consumed during Tet Holiday:

  • Banh Trưng – Trung Cake: One of the most traditional special foods for New Years of Vietnamese which is made of sticky rice, pork meat and green bean, and every ingredient is wrapped inside a special leaf which calls Dong
  • Vietnamese sausage: Are also the most necessary dishes during Vietnamese Tet Holiday and regularly served with sticky rice and Chung cake which made from pork, chicken or beef. All these types are used not only in Tet holidays but also over the year.
  • Boiled or steamed chicken: plays an important role in Tet holiday cuisine because all the tribute meals to the ancestors must contain a boiled chicken, whole or chopped.
  • Sticky rice: Along with Banh Chung, Xoi or Sticky rice is the main staple foods for Tet holiday. Xoi in Tet holidays can be seen in many forms: sticky rice with peanuts, sticky rice with mung bean, sticky rice with special “gac” fruit. And it is usually served with Gio Cha or boiled chicken in Tet meals

Travelling in Tet Holiday

If you want to travel during Tet Holiday from 6th Feb to 14th Feb, please book your hotel and transportation as soon as possible. Because this is the longest holiday, Vietnamese will travel a lot, so it is really hard to book hotels or buy tickets.

However, this is also the great time for all foreigners for understanding about Vietnam culture, if you visit and travel around Vietnam during Vietnam traditional holiday.

Hope you will have a great experience in Vietnam

Happy New Year! Chúc Mừng Năm Mới.

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