Talk to our local expert directly

Get free advice now

Celebrating Vietnamese Lunar New Year - A Festive Journey!

Posted By: Sao La Tours / Vietnam Travel Guides
The Vietnamese Lunar New Year, also known as Tet, is the most important time of the year in Vietnamese culture. Spread over seven days, it marks the start of a new year in Vietnam, and it's filled with traditions, customs, and festivities that have passed down through generations. delicious food to vibrant decorations and dragon dances, Tet is a true celebration of Vietnamese culture and community. In this blog post, we’ll take you on a journey through the vibrant festivities of the Vietnamese Lunar New Year and explore how you can get involved.

May this Vietnamese Lunar New Year bring you and your loved ones lots of joy, prosperity, and luck

May this Lunar New Year bring you and your loved ones lots of joy, prosperity, and luck! Embrace the new year with open arms and make it one to remember. (Source: Collected)

Preparations:

In the lead-up to Tet, there is a lot of frantic activity in Vietnam, with everyone preparing to welcome in the New Year. The streets are filled with colorful decorations such as flowers like peach blossom, kumquat, marigold, and traditional symbols like red and gold couplets wishing good fortune. Families busy themselves with shopping for festive treats and new clothes, cleaning their homes, cooking traditional foods for the Tet banquet, and paying respects to ancestors. As visitors to Vietnam, you can get involved in the preparation too, by shopping for trinkets and food at traditional markets, learning how to cook local dishes, and joining in with families as they prepare their homes, shops, and stalls for the big day.

Celebrating Tet with incredible family feast - Vietnamese Lunar New Year

Celebrating Tet with incredible family feast! (Source: Collected)

The Tet Banquet:

Food plays a big role in the New Year celebrations, and the Tet Banquet, also known as ‘Mâm Ngũ Quả’, is a feast for the senses. The table is filled with traditional foods such as Banh Chung (sticky rice with meat and bean filling), Nem Ran (fried spring rolls), and Xôi Gấc (sticky rice with gac fruit). The dishes have symbolic meanings, for example, Banh Chung represents the Earth, Nem Ran represents happiness, and Xôi Gấc represents good fortune. Families gather together, share stories, play games, and toast to a prosperous New Year.

Gift-giving is an integral part of the Vietnamese Lunar New Year celebrations

Gift-giving" Lì Xì" is an integral part of the Lunar New Year celebrations. (Source: Collected)

Giving Gifts:

One activity that is synonymous with the Vietnamese Lunar New Year is giving ‘Li Xi’. Li Xi is a little red envelope containing money that is offered as a gift to children, unmarried adults, or people you’re close with. The red envelope is traditionally believed to bring luck and fortune for the receiver. During Tet, it’s not uncommon to see children excitedly running around with stacks of red envelopes and to hear the merriment in the air. Visitors to Vietnam can get involved in this tradition by offering Li Xi to friends and family, or by accepting it with gratitude.

Feel the vibrancy of the crowded streets, enjoy the festive decorations, and indulge in traditional festivities - Vietnamese Lunar New Year

Feel the vibrancy of the crowded streets, enjoy the festive decorations, and indulge in traditional festivities. (Source: Collected)

Enjoying Entertainment:

Tet is a time for celebration and entertainment, and the streets of Vietnam come alive with dragon dances, music, and games. Dragon dances symbolize prosperity and are performed by dancers in bright and glittering costumes. Visitors can watch these performances in public spaces or even hire performers to dance in their homes. It’s also common for Tet fairs to be set up, where visitors can play games like folding sticky notes with one hand, aiming darts at balloons, or eating coconut candies with chopsticks.

Vietnamese Lunar New Year is a time to come together, reflect, and enjoy. Taking a temple tour this year to add some extra special blessings to the festivities

Lunar New Year is a time to come together, reflect, and enjoy. Taking a temple tour this year to add some extra special blessings to the festivities - it's an experience like no other! (Source: Collected)

Visiting Temples:

To round off the New Year celebrations in Vietnam, it’s customary for families to visit temples, burn incense, and make wishes for the upcoming year. One of the most popular temples to visit during Tet is Thuong Temple (Perfume Pagoda) in Hanoi, where an annual festival is held. People believe that visiting temples during Tet can bring blessings, good luck, and fortune. Visitors can join in the temple visits and enjoy the tradition, respect, and serenity of this ancient custom.

The Vietnamese Lunar New Year is a time filled with love, family, and tradition. the busy preparations to the colorful decorations, delicious food, and entertaining activities, it’s an experience that can’t be missed. Visitors to Vietnam can join the locals in celebrating the spirit of Tet by joining in with the preparations, enjoying the Tet Banquet, giving gifts, enjoying entertainment, and visiting temples. It’s a festive journey that will create memories that last a lifetime. So join in and say, “Chúc Mừng Năm Mới,” or Happy New Year, the Vietnamese way!

There are 0 comments, reviews about Celebrating Vietnamese Lunar New Year - A Festive Journey!

AAdminAdmin

Welcome, honored guests. Please leave a comment, we will respond soon

Reply.
Thông tin người gửi
Comment
Click here to rate
Information
0.11602 sec| 1017.609 kb