Tết Nguyên Đán

Tết Nguyên Đán (shortened to Tết, often called Hội xuân or “Spring Festival” by Vietnamese and translated as Lunar New Year) is the most important celebration in Vietnamese culture, described as the “Feast of the First Morning of the First Day”. Tết celebrates the arrival of spring based on the Vietnamese calendar, which usually has the date falling in January or February. Many Vietnamese prepare for Tết by cooking special holiday food and cleaning the house. These foods include bánh chưng, bánh dày, dried young bamboo soup (canh măng), giò, and sticky rice. Many customs are practised during Tết, such as visiting a person’s house on the first day of the new year, ancestor worship, wishing New Year’s greetings, giving lucky money to children and elderly people, and opening a shop. Tết is also an occasion for pilgrims and family reunions.