Lunar New Year 2017 or Tet Nguyen Dan means “Feast of the First Morning”, it is considered as the most important holiday in Vietnam. Vietnamese celebrates Tet on the 1st day of the 1st month in the Chinese calendar with Vietnam Lunar traditions and rituals. Hence Tet is celebrated on the same day as the Chinese New Year.
When is Tet Nguyen Dan?
Tet Nguyen Dan or Lunar New Year in Vietnam happens same time with Chinese New Year in other countries like China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, etc. This most important holiday starts on Monday, February 8th 2016, and goes through Thursday, February 11th and is considered a public holiday.
Vietnam Lunar New Year
The Vietnamese people prepare for several weeks before the beginning of Tet Nguyen Dan or Vietnamese New Year by giving their homes a spring cleaning and a fresh coat of paint.
For Tet New Years Eve, the people will play gongs and light firecrackers all through the night because it is believed that the loud noises will ward off bad luck. There will also be street parades where you will see dragon dances and lion dances. Once the parades and parties are over, the people go home to their families or to friends homes to feast over traditional Vietnamese dishes like Mut, which is dried sweet fruit; Hat Dua, which is roasted watermelon seed; Banh Chung, which is sticky rice dumplings and Dua Hanh, which is pickled onion. After the feast, the elders hand out red envelopes with money called phong bao mung tuoi, to the children so they will have good luck and behave well for the coming year.
Happy Tet Nguyen Dan 2017!
Happy Vietnamese New Year !
Chuc Mung Nam Moi!