Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Tet Nguyen Dan is coming in Vietnam

Tet (Tết), or Vietnamese New Year, is the most important celebration of Vietnamese culture. The word is a shortened form of Tet Nguyen Dan (Tết Nguyên Đán), which is Sino-Vietnamese for "Feast of the First Morning of the First Day". It takes place from the first day of the first month of the Vietnamese calendar (around late January or early February) until at least the third day. Many Vietnamese prepare for Tết by cooking special holiday foods and cleaning the house. There are a lot of customs practiced during Tết, such as visiting a person's house on the first day of the new year, ancestral worshipping, wishing New Year's greetings, giving lucky money to children and elderly people, and opening a shop.

Tet is also an occasion for pilgrims and family reunions. During Tet, Vietnamese visit their relatives and temples, forgetting about the troubles of the past year and hoping for a better upcoming year. They consider Tet to be the first day of spring and the festival is often called Hội xuân (spring festival).

One or two weeks before the New Year's Eve, the general atmosphere leading up to Tet is in the bustle of shopping, decorating the home, cooking traditional Tet food and waiting for relatives to return home. People try to pay off their debts in advance so that they can be debt-free on Tet. Parents buy new clothes for their children so that the children can wear them when Tet arrives. In the days leading up to Tet, the streets and markets are full of people. As the shops will be closed during Tet, people try to stock up on supplies as much as possible.

This year Tet Nguyen Dan is on Friday, January 31, 2014.

Happy Miao ( Bunny ) Tet 2011 <3 by s h a d i l i c i o u s 

000036 by Ngo Quang Ha

Vàng Đỏ by Lê Quý

Tet decorations, Hanoi, Vietnam by View Master 187

Before Tet's holiday . by JAY ZHANG

Before Tet Holiday 2010 #3 by Jiang Lake

000019 by fridaycafe

Vui Xuân by rockke l khoa l VietNamCFDgroup

Happy Tet by jesse roberts

Chợ Tết by Amy Chu :)

Bỗng dưng nhớ ...Tết by ♪Shangrila

Tết nhà em by Khói

See more infomation of Tet Nguyen Dan on Wikipedia.

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