Traditions of Tet holiday in Vietnam

Incense villages are busy as Tet coming-

As the country’s single most important festival, Tet Nguyen Dan or Festival of the First Day marks the onset of the lunar new year in Vietnam. Many of traditional activities happen before and during Tet time. It is also a great time for travelers to enjoy the best traditional atmostphere and learn about Vietnamese custom. “Traditions of Tet holiday in Vietnam” will share some traditions you should notice in Tet holiday.

A colorful Tet with featured traditions

A colorful Tet with featured traditions-source: internet

Celebrated as a time of rebirth and renewals this spring festival serves as an opportunity for thanksgiving and paying homage to ancestors. Preparations begin a week before Tet, as people clean their debts, clean the family tombs, decorate homes with peach blossoms or kumquat trees, and make offerings to the Jade Emperor. The three main days of Tet are purely domestic affair, as families gather for elaborate meals, exchange gifts, and wish each other a happy new year.

Ancestor Worship

The Vietnamese veneration of ancestors finds its greatest expression during Tet, when the spirit of deceased family members are believed to visit the living. The ancestors are invoked with prayers, special foods, and symbolic gifts made of paper, such as false money, clothes, and even watches, cars…

A colorful Tet with various kind of symbolic gifts

A colorful Tet with various kind of symbolic gifts- source: internet

Dazzling colorful displays of flowers

Various kinds of flower brighten streets and markets all over Vietnam around Tet time. Peach blossoms sprig, symbolizing prosperity and well- being, are popular for decorating bouses, shops and temples.

Peach blossom- the symbolic flower  of Tet holiday in north of VietnamPeach blossom- the symbolic flower  of Tet holiday in north of Vietnam

Peach blossom- the symbolic flower of Tet holiday in north of Vietnam- source: internet

Incense sticks

Incense sticks play a key role in Tet rites. The scented smoke is said to waft up to the heavens, attracting ancestors to the celebrations on earth. Sticks of all sizes are crafted in small villages and left to dry in the sun before being takin into towns for sale.

Family chapels or altas are an integral part of almost every household in the country. They display pictures of ancestors along with tablets listing their names, incense, and offerings of fruit, rice and alcohol.

Tombs of ancestors dotting cultivated fields are common in Vietnam. During Tet, relatives clean the tombs of their ancestors and make many offerings to ensure that the spirits of the deceased are at peace.

Incense villages are busy as Tet coming-

Incense villages are busy as Tet coming- source: internet

Speacial Tet food

Tet is a time of indulgence, and festivals are not complete without an array of delicacies. Families may save all year for the necessary luxuries, but the resulting feast is considered well worth it. Pork, duck, and chicken are on menu, along with rich soups and mounds of sticky rice. Succulent tropical fruits follow meals, especially dragon fruit and watermelon whose pulp in an auspicious red.

            Traditional Tet confectionery consists of candied fruits, coconuts, soursop juice, lotus seeds, or ginger and puffed- rice treats. The markets overflow with bins of streets the week before Tet.

            Banh chung and Banh tet are savory treats most closely associated with Tet. They consist of glutinuous rice, mung bean paste, and fatty pork, boiled together in small parcels of banana  leaves tied with strips of bamboo.

Banh chung- essential food for Tet holiday

Banh chung- essential food for Tet holiday- source: internet

Tet holiday is the big spirit moment in a year of Vietnamese people. Tet is apportunity for children coming back home, for friends gathering, for refreshing time. For travelers, Tet is such a great time to experience Vietnames cultural traditions, especially through tradition festivals all around Vietnam provinces. Traditional culture beauties in Tet holiday will take you closer to Vietnam.

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