Tet Holiday – an occasion lớn enjoy life after a full hard-working year. So how bởi we celebrate Tet Holiday in Vietnam? Follow us in this blog!Tet Holiday – Tet Nguyen Dan, more commonly known by its shortened name Tet. It is the most important và popular holiday và festival in Vietnam. It is the Vietnamese New Year marking the arrival of spring based on the Lunar calendar. The name Tet Nguyen Dan is Sino-Vietnamese for Feast of the First Morning. Tet Holiday is coming so let’s take a look at some traditions and customs of this special holiday in Vietnam.

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Tet Holiday 2023

The dates of the Lunar New Year differ every year but it generally takes place around late January or February. This year, under the plan from the government, officials, civil servants, and workers of public agencies will begin their 2023 Tet holiday from January 20 (the 29th day of the 12th lunar month) to January 26 (the fifth day of the first lunar month). Và so does Let’s meet up again in the new year of 2023, with hope, peace, & happiness.

Tet Holiday 2023

People consider Tet Holiday the best occasion for family members to lớn return trang chủ and get together. During Tet, Vietnamese spend time shopping for the New Year and going to Pagodas and Temples. The items of shopping range from food to lớn clothing khổng lồ decorations for the house. The Vietnamese believe that Tet Holiday is an occasion to enjoy life after a full hard-working year. Thus people forget their struggles and focus on making the celebration as festive as possible. Due lớn the high regard in which people hold it, Tet is unique, with distinctive colors và flavors.

Family meal on Tet holiday – Cre: elLotte


Banh bình thường (Sticky square cake)

Banh phổ biến is a food that they make from glutinous rice, mung bean, and pork, added with many other ingredients. It is covered by green leaves and symbolizes the Earth, invented by prince Lang Lieu from the Hung King dynasty. Banh tầm thường is the main food for the Tet holiday because it can last for long days in Vietnamese weather. & families usually store Banh phổ biến at room temperature for nearly 1 month.

Gio, thân phụ (Vietnamese sausage)

Vietnamese ham/sausage – Gio/Cha is another traditional food on đầu năm holiday. We usually serve it with xuyên (sticky rice) và Banh Chung. Gio is different from cha since Gio is boiled and phụ vương is deep-fried. Phụ thân is also made of lean pork & ingredients. However, they vì chưng not wrap thân phụ in leaves & boiled but deep-fried in oil.

Thit kho hot vit (Braised Pork Belly with Duck Egg)

This dish is more popular in the South than in the North. However, no one can deny the irresistible aroma, flavor, & great compatibility of this dish. People cook Pork Belly & Egg with coconut juice & fish sauce until it becomes tender và absorb all those quality flavors. The dish is so universal & easy khổng lồ make that it has become one of the most popular dishes served during the Tet Holiday.

Xoi (Sticky rice)

Xoi is also a very important part of the Tet holiday in Vietnam, along with Banh Chung, xuyên is the main staple food for the tết holiday. It has many forms: xoi Lac (sticky rice with peanuts), xoi Đo Xanh (sticky rice with mung bean), xuyên Gac (sticky rice with special “gac” fruit). Among these types, xôi gấc is the favorite the most people because of its special red màu sắc – which symbolizes luck và new achievement for the New Year.

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Mut (Sugar-coated fruit)

Mut Tet (Tet Sugar-coated fruit) is not a food to serve in a meal during the Tet holiday, but more like a snack to lớn welcome guests in this special period. This once-in-year phối of snacks is very large in variety, with so many tastes: ginger, carrot, coconut, pineapple, pumpkin, lotus seed, star fruit, etc.

And there is also a lot more chất lượng food in Vietnam, awaiting you khổng lồ try. Find out more right here.

Traditional customs

Even though many Vietnamese traditions are based on old cultural beliefs that may strike some as a little superstitious, families believe that their activities during Tet must involve happiness, joy, and good luck. Below are some of the popular, long-standing Tet traditional customs that have stood the thử nghiệm of time from generation khổng lồ generation.


Giving Li xi (lucky money)

The first day of the Tet holiday is for the nuclear family. Children receive a red envelope containing money from their elders. This tradition is called “mung tuoi” (happy new age) in the north & lì xì in the south. Usually, children wear their new clothes & give their elders the traditional đầu năm greetings before receiving the money.

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Xông nhà

Since the Vietnamese believe that the first visitor a family receives in the year determines their fortune for the entire year, people never enter any house on the first day without being invited first. People gọi the act of being the first person to enter the trang chủ on Tet Holiday “xong dat, xong nha or dap dat”, which is one of the most important rituals during Tết. According khổng lồ Vietnamese tradition, if good things come to the family on the first day of the lunar New Year, the following year will also be full of blessings. Usually, a person of good temper, morality, and success will be a lucky sign for the host family.During subsequent days, people visit relatives and friends. Traditionally but not strictly, the second và even painting their trang chủ in anticipation of spring, settle old debts and disputes, & pledge to behave nicely và work hard in the new year.


Traditionally, each family displays “Cay neu”, an artificial New Year Tree consisting of a bamboo pole 5 khổng lồ 6 m long. The đứng đầu end is usually decorated with many objects, depending on the locality, including good luck charms, origami fish, cactus branches, etc.At Tet, we decorate every house with “hoa mai” – Ochna integerrima (in the central và southern parts of Vietnam) or “hoa đao” – cherry blossom (in the northern part of Vietnam) or “hoa ban” (in mountain areas). In the north or central, the kumquat tree is a popular decoration for the living room during Tet. Its bright orange-colored fruits represent the fertility & fruitfulness that the family hopes for in the coming year. & how to lớn decorate the house, you can reference this article.

House decoration. Cre: Arture Design

The New Year is coming around the corner. May you have a year exploring more và more this wonderful world, starting with a journey lớn Vietnam!