Vietnamese new year (tet) 2023


Lunar New Year or đầu năm mới Nguyên Đán, is’s most significant celebration. Across, during this time families reunite and honour their ancestors, while praying for luck, prosperity & health in the new year. The public holiday may only run for one week, but in reality, đầu năm celebrations last much longer. If you’re visiting around Lunar New Year, here’s what you can expect.

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A new start


Tết marks the first day of the Lunar New Year, and the beginning of spring in the North of The holiday traces back to lớn the early days of vanphongphamsg.vnese settlements in the Red River Delta, when đầu năm mới meant a new cycle of wet rice cultivation. Today, the meaning of the holiday runs much deeper than its farming roots: vanphongphamsg.vnese culture emphasises the importance of a fortuitous fresh start, surrounded by family và loved ones.

Getting ready


Throughout, preparations for tết begin weeks in advance, as cleaning, decorating, and sprucing up is a big part of the holiday tradition. vanphongphamsg.vnese siêu thị for new clothes, get haircuts, cook special dishes, buy flowers, and even wash their motorcycles. Each trang chủ and office will decorate with signs of ‘Chúc Mừng Năm Mới’, and kumquat trees or peach blossoms will be phối in a place of honour. The bigger the kumquat trees, the more prosperity and health the family will receive in the new year.Streets burst with colour as these trees are transported on the back of motorbikes. In anticipation of the long holiday, a festive spirit takes hold of the country.

TIP: đầu năm celebrationsbeginthree days before Lunar New Year andlast a few days after.Try lớn avoid travelling around at this time, as transport centres will be overflowing và tickets can be sold out.In 2021, the first day of the Lunar New Year is Friday, February 12.

Shopping list


In the days before Tết, markets and streets are jam-packed with shoppers. Busy housewives pick up foil, paper garlands, and auspicious red and gold decorations shaped lượt thích fish, coins, firecrackers, and blossoms. Each lunar year is represented by a zodiac animal, as reflected in glossy stickers or on paper lanterns. Locals bring home stacks of red bao lì xì- lucky money envelopes - which are customarily gifted by elders khổng lồ younger members of the family, or by managers to employees.It’s a sign of maturity for young vanphongphamsg.vnese to lớn stop receiving lì xì và start giving it instead.

Holiday cooking


Food -- especially the tết cake bánh chưng-- is an important component of the celebrations. According to folklore, the last HùngKing could not decide which of his sons would take the throne, so he held a competition lớn find which son could bring him the best dish in the world. One son stood out, as he presented these two savoury rice cakes representing heaven và earth. These humble dishes impressed the king who then awarded him the throne. Across, families will sit down lớn a day-long feast, & present candied fruits in beautiful boxes for guests khổng lồ enjoy.

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TIP: In Hanoi, you can buy bánh chưng at the Quốc Hương shop on sản phẩm Bông Street, which has been selling these cakes for 200 years.


A traditional đầu năm mới dinner is an important occasion for family members to gather và talk about the past year. Each region has its own version of the meal. In the North, nem (fried spring rolls), bánh chưng (sticky rice cake), và whole boiled chicken are some essential dishes. A Southern đầu năm mới meal is made of caramelised pork, bitter melon soup, & chicken salad, among other things. Many dishes symbolise the passing of hardship, as well as new hope for the new year.

Tết in Hanoi


A stroll around the quảng bá Flower Market near West Lake is unforgettable the week before Tết. Shoppers bundled up against the chill buy the finest pink peach boughs they can afford lớn bring luck in the New Year. Tết Eve is best witnessed in the alleys of the Old Quarter, where hundreds of makeshift altars appear on the curbs, set with offerings of fruit & boiled chicken.

TIP: Fireworks will be lit throughout major cities of on đầu năm mới Eve (Feb. 11, 2021), so find a place outdoors và watch the sky light up at midnight.

Tết in hcm City


In the South, yellow ochna flowers represent the Lunar New Year. Tết in sài gòn City is no less colourful than in the North. Nguyễn Huệ Street in District 1 hosts the country’s largest flower show. Join the throngs -- families in new clothes and young women in áo dàis wielding selfie-sticks -- in admiring the impressive floral displays.

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Tết tips for travellers


- People from all over the country will return khổng lồ their hometowns for the tết holiday, creating heavy demand for bus, train và plane tickets, as well as khách sạn rooms. If you must travel during this time, try lớn book transportation and accommodation far in advance.- With many staff gone home to their families, businesses and restaurants typically shut for at least the first few days of Tết. Expect cities lớn be quiet during this time, as well as limited dining and shopping options.- The first few days of đầu năm are a rare chance to lớn see’s big cities empty of noise & traffic. Take advantage of the quiet and explore by bicycle, scooter or on foot.- You may be invited into a family’s home for tết which is a huge honour. During Tết, it’s important not lớn drop by any vanphongphamsg.vnese home without an invitation, as the first guests of the year are specially chosen to lớn bring good luck to lớn each household.- Warm wishes are much appreciated around và during Tết. On the first days of the new year, smile and say “Chúc Mừng Năm Mới” (Happy New Year) lớn everyone you see!Want more travel ideas?Sign up for our newsletterto receive our best stories in your inbox.