“Chúc Mừng Năm Mới” that’s the traditional Vietnamese greeting during Tet and it simply means, Happy New Year.
so what is Tet?
Tet is Vietnam’s most important festival it celebrates rebirth and ushers in spring, the full name is Tết Nguyen Dan and is the Vietnamese version of Lunar New Year it brings in the new spring and can be considered something akin to mixing western Christmas and western new years together. Not only does it bring in the new spring but many consider it really to be the first day of spring so among locals Tet festival is also known as Hội xuân and this translates to “The Spring Festival” its also a great time to scare away evil spirt’s.
It is a Vietnam fact that the feast of the first day is the most celebrated part and the main of Tết, “the fest of the first morning” , this is of utter most importance and a full cultural celebration takes place during the Lunar New Year celebrations.
Tet is held around February every year and conveniently coincides with other Asian new year celebrations like Chinese new years it runs for 2 – 3 days. Many activities, foods and live entertainment are on display adding to the why this festival should not to be missed. Many traditional games are played and people can be seen giving out red envelope’s to children containing money for good luck, the name of this tradition is “mừng tuổi” and means “happy new age”.
It’s a Vietnam fact that Vietnamese believe the first person to enter the home on a new years morning will be responsible for the luck the house will get in finances the following year, so traditional everyone makes a effort to never be the first one to enter a house during Tet, for according to Vietnamese tradition if good luck happens on during Tết to the household much good luck will following during the next year.
Another interesting Vietnam fact about Tết is it’s considered taboo and bad luck to sweep during this time, for you will be sweeping away good luck this belief is called “xui” and just means unlucky. Many people are out on the street with fireworks and drums trying to make as much noise as possible this helps ward away evil spirits while young children love to eat roasted watermelon seeds and coconut candy. During this time Traditional decorations include Blossoms, Marigolds and bonsi trees are displayed in house’s and stores.
The time of Tết is a time to reflect on ancestors, visit there altars for family or graves and set business goals for the following year, it is also a time for pilgrims to family reunions and forgetting about past troubles to bring on a better new year.