Tet, A Celebration Of Rebirth : Asian

When many Americans hear the word "Tet," they immediately reCall learning about the 1968 Tet Offensive sầu during the Vietnam giới War. But what is Tet all about?


Considered the first day of spring & most important of national holidays in Vietphái mạnh, Tet is the annual Vietnamese New Year celebration, coinciding with the Lunar New Year celebrated throughout the world in January or February.

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Technically, "Tet" is a shortened (thank goodness!) khung of Tết Nguim Đán, a way lớn say "Lunar New Year" in Vietnamese.


Although Tet can be a very exciting time to lớn travel in Vietphái nam, it"s also the busiest time of the year lớn be there. Millions of people will be moving throughout the country, returning to their trang chính villages khổng lồ share reunions with friends and family. The Tet holiday will certainly affect your experience in Vietnam giới.


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What lớn Expect

Because many shops and businesses are closed during the actual Tet holiday, people rush out in the weeks prior khổng lồ take care of preparations. They purchase gifts, decorations, groceries for the upcoming family reunions, & new clothing. Markets become busy, and hotels in big cities begin to get booked up.


Tet is a great time lớn see Vietnamese traditions, games, and revelry. Public stages are set up throughout the country with miễn phí cultural shows, music, and entertainment. In the popular Pmê man Ngu Lao area in Saigon, special performances will be held for tourists. Much lượt thích during Chinese New Year, there will be rồng dances và lion dances. Although there are some private New Year parties, all public celebrations will be không tính phí khổng lồ enjoy.


Traveling During Tet

Many Vietnamese people return to lớn their trang chính villages during Tet to lớn visit family. Trains và buses between Saigon & Hanoi become filled up in the days before và after the holiday. Plan extra time if you"ll be wanting lớn move sầu around the country.


Traveling during Tet is busy—you"ll need even more patience than usual. Parks and public monuments are crowded. But there are many parts of traveling during Tet to enjoy. Locals are often more congenial và outgoing during Tet. You"ll get lớn enjoy more cultural interactions. Spirits lift, and the atmosphere becomes optimistic. A greater focus is put on the ability to lớn invite good fortune into homes và businesses in the upcoming year.


For travelers in Vietnam, Tet can seem incredibly noisy and chaotic as local people celebrate in the streets. Firecrackers are thrown & gongs (or other noisy objects) are banged lớn scare away mischievous spirits that could bring about bad fortune. Big fireworks shows rumble overhead. Any hotel rooms facing the street will be extra noisy during the Tet celebration.


Many businesses cthua in observance of the national holiday, và other places slow down with fewer staff on hand.

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Many Vietnamese families take advantage of the national holiday by traveling to lớn popular destinations in Vietnam to celebrate & enjoy time away from work. Beach areas such as Da Nang và tourist towns such as Hoi An will be busier than usual. Finding good deals for accommodation can be a challenge. Book far ahead; prices typically increase sharply during the holiday.


Vietnamese New Year Traditions

Tet is seen as a chance for a fresh start. Debts are settled, & old grievances are forgiven. Houses are cleaned of clutter & decorated with symbolic flowers. Plants get pruned, and drawers are cleared out. All preparations are meant khổng lồ set the stage for attracting as much luông chồng và good fortune as possible in the upcoming year.


Superstition permeates the air: Whatever happens on the first day of the new year is thought to phối the pace for the rest of the year. Sweeping & cutting (including hair & fingernails) are taboo during Tet as no one wants lớn unknowingly remove sầu incoming good luck!


Although Chinese New Year is observed for 15 days, Tet is typically celebrated for three days with some traditions observed for up to a week. The first day of Tet is usually spent with immediate family, the second day is for visiting friends, and the third day is dedicated khổng lồ teachers & visiting temples.


One of the most important traditions observed during Tet is the emphasis put on who is the first to lớn enter a house in the new year. The first person brings the luông chồng (good or bad) for the year! Special people (who are considered successful) dear to the family are sometimes invited and given the honor to be the first to enter. If no one is invited, the homeowner leaves & returns a few minutes after midnight just to ensure they are the first lớn enter the house for the new year.


Because the primary aim is khổng lồ attract good fortune for the new year, Tet & Chinese New Year mô tả a lot of similar traditions.


How lớn Say Happy New Year in Vietnamese

Like Tnhì và Chinese, Vietnamese is a tonal language, making proper pronunciation a challenge for many English speakers.


Regardless, locals will underst& your attempts through context during Tet. You can wish people a happy new year in Vietnamese by telling them chúc mừng năm mới. Pronounced roughly as it is transliterated, the greeting sounds like: "chuop moong nahm moy."


The Dates for Tet

Like many winter holidays in Asia, Tet is based on the Chinese lunisolar calendar. The date changes annually for Lunar New Year, but it usually falls in late January or early February.


The first day of the new lunar year occurs on the new moon between January 21 & February trăng tròn. Hanoi"s time (GMT+7) is one hour behind Beijing, so some years the official start of Tet varies from Chinese New Year by a single day. Otherwise, you can just assume the two holidays coincide.


Rodgers, Greg. "What Is Tet: All About Vietnamese New Year." meeshmoo.com, Sep. 2, 2021, meeshmoo.com/what-is-tet-1458357.Rodgers, Greg. (2021, September 2). What Is Tet: All About Vietnamese New Year. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtteo.com/what-is-tet-1458357Rodgers, Greg. "What Is Tet: All About Vietnamese New Year." meeshmoo.com. https://www.thoughtteo.com/what-is-tet-1458357 (accessed September 15, 2021).