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  Vietnamese New Year, Tet holiday Vietnam, Tet celebration Vietnam, Tet vacations in Vietnam

       By indochinaguides.com
       Dated: Jan 05, 2009

       Vietnam is a country in the Eastern Hemisphere that was influenced by China for many years. Therefore,
       the Chinese New Year and Tet, the Vietnamese New Year have many similarities.

       Tet is the abbreviation of Tet Nguyen Dan which means the first morning of the first day of the new period.
       Tet marks the beginning of a new year on the lunar calendar, and the beginning of Spring. Vietnamese are
       constantly aware of the phases of the moon. All events are planned by the lunar calendar. The New Year
       begins on the first night of the first moon after the sun enters Aquarius. This is sometime between January
       21st and February 19th on the solar calendar.

        On the 23rd day of the twelfth month by the lunar calendar, there is a rite to see Tao Quan (Kitchen God)
       off. The rite to say goodbye to the old year is held on the 30th or 29th day (if that month has only 29 days)
       of the twelfth month by lunar calendar. The rite to welcome the New Year is held at midnight that day. The
       rite to see off ancestral souls to return to the other world is often held on the 3rd day of the first month by
       lunar calendar when the Tet holidays finish and everybody goes back to work.

        Tet is a huge celebration lasting three days. Families save money, store food, and plan far in advance for
       Tet, major holiday in Vietnam. The Vietnamese take extreme care to start the New Year out right. They buy
       new clothes, paint and clean their homes, cook three days worth of food, pay off all debts and make amends
       to rid themselves of all bad feelings. Cleaning is frowned on during Tet because one would not want to
       sweep out any good luck. Digging and drawing water is also not allowed so the ground and water can enjoy
       the holiday.

        The marketplace is very busy the week before Tet, as people buy food, trinkets, firecrackers (now banned
       by the government), flowers, and other items in anticipation of the holiday. At four o'clock in the afternoon
       on Tet eve all the markets close down so the people can go home and prepare for midnight when Tet
       begins. Before 1995 firecrackers would explode scaring off all evil spirits and welcoming the New Year. In
       1995, because of the huge waste of money and the injury rate, (71 people killed in 1994), the government
       banned the use of firecrackers resulting in a very quiet Tet.

        The atmosphere is very festive. Incense is burned in the homes. The color Red, symbolizing good luck and
       happiness is seen everywhere. Games of gambling are in the streets, homes and in cars. If a gambler wins
       then he is said to have good luck gambling in the new year. If a gambler loses, he is said to have good luck
       in other affairs (love). There are dragon dances at night. Food is plentiful, homes are decorated, parks are
       full of crowds of people dressed in their best new clothes, and for three days the people have an ultimate
       celebration.

        Tet is a time for visits from family and friends. The first visitor to a home is very important. If the first
       visitor is rich, prestigious, or happy then the family will have good fortune that year. Usually this visitor is a
       relative, but sometimes the family will invite a special guest that they feel will bring them good luck. The
       first day of Tet is reserved for visiting family and relatives. The second day is set aside for special guests
       and close friends to visit, and the third day is for teachers and business associates to make a visit. Negative
       talk, and arguments are taboo. Visitors end their visit with a farewell wish for the family such as, "I wish
       that money will flow into your house like water, and out like a turtle." or "I wish that money will flow into
       your house like water of the Red River, and out like coffee drops."



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 The Vietnamese believe that their deceased ancestors will visit the family for the holiday. Alters are
decorated in the homes with incense, flowers, and photographs of deceased relatives. A tray full of fruit,
coins, and a tall vase of blossoms are placed in front of the alter symbolizing good luck and prosperity. The
third day is also a day to visit the graves of deceased relatives. The graves are decorated with incense,
flowers, and candles. Many Buddhists go to their favorite Pagoda to pray for a good year. The Catholics go
to a pre-midnight mass.

 Not only is Tet the beginning of a New Year, it is also everyone's birthday. The Vietnamese do not know
or acknowledge the exact day they were born. A baby turns one on Tet no matter when he/she was born that
year. Children say they were born in the year of the symbol of the lunar calendar for that year. On the first
morning of Tet, adults congratulate children on becoming a year older by presenting them with red
envelopes that contain "Lucky Money," or li xi. These envelopes are given to the children by parents,
siblings, relatives, close friends and visitors.

 Families choose a Tet tree, or tac, which is a cone shaped fruit tree with miniature oranges just ripening.
The more fruit on the tree, the luckier the family. Greeting cards and good luck symbols are hung from the
Tet trees. Each family also has a branch of the Mai or peach tree in their homes, a symbol of spring, which
bear lucky little yellow or red flowers.

 Food plays a major role in the Tet celebration. Tet is a time of excess, one does not enjoy Tet, one "eats"
Tet. The first day a feast of boiled male virgin chicken, sticky rice, a special soup made with clear
vermicelli and bamboo shoots, boiled pork, and 3 or 5 duck eggs is offered to ancestors who have returned
to their homes. Sticky rice and salt are also offered in the streets to any hungry ghosts who might be
wandering in the neighborhood. A traditional food is Earth cake, a square cake made with rice beans and
pork. When a watermelon is cut they believe that the redder the watermelon the more luck for the family.
Several different desserts and dishes are made with coconut. On the third day another feast of virgin
chicken is served to say farewell to ancestors returning to their ethereal abodes.

 Why do you plan your trip to Vietnam in this Tet Holiday? it is a great ideas to share your experiences with
Vietnamese. Let INDOCHINA GUIDES customizes your trip to Vietnam now to get a big party ever in
your life.

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info@indochinaguides.com

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