Tet Nguyen Dan is considered the biggest and most popular festival of the year in Vietnam. Celebrated on the first day of the first month in Lunar Calendar, Tet is the longest holiday which may last up to seven days.
Tet, in general, is the occasion for Vietnamese to express their respect and remembrance for their ancestors and welcome the New Year with their family. In the past, it provided one of few long breaks during the agricultural year, which was held between the harvesting of the crops and the sowing of the next ones.
Since Tet occupies an important role in Vietnamese’s religious beliefs, Vietnamese will begin their preparations well in advance of the upcoming New Year. In an effort to get rid of the bad luck of the old year, people will spend a few days cleaning and decorating their homes with kumquat tree, branches of peach blossom, and many other colorful flowers. The ancestral altar is especially taken care of, with careful decoration of five kinds of fruits and votive papers, along with many religious rituals. People buy new clothes and shoes to wear on the first days of New Year. They also try to pay all their pending debts and resolve all the arguments among colleagues, friends or members of family.
Like other Asian countries, Vietnamese believe that the color of red and yellow will bring good fortune, which may explain why these colors can be seen everywhere in Lunar New Year. People consider what they do on the dawn of Tet will determine their fate for the whole year, hence people always smile and behave as nice as they can in the hope for a better year.
According to Chinese astrology, the sign animals are thought to dictate personality traits or even to impact world events in any year they rule. Vietnamese New Year in 2013 will last from February 10-13, starting the year of the Water Snake. Snake and those born under compatible signs benefit from good fortune during a Snake year. Therefore, spend more leisure time to treasure yourself and travel the world with us. Visit Threeland Travel Indochina for more updated information and let us help you via firstname.lastname@example.org.