The Tết Holiday, 1




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The Lunar New Year or Tết is Vietnam’s main holiday. It is the grandest and most important occasion in the year, which falls somewhere between the 19th of January and 20th February on the Western calendar.

Tết marks the beginning of spring and, for agrarian people, the start of a new year.

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Tết’s preparations and celebrations used to be spread over months, but nowadays the holiday is much shorter.

A great deal of excitement still builds up well before Tết however. Streets are decorated with coloured lights and red banners. Shops are full of goods, people are busy buying gifts, cleaning and decorating their houses and cooking traditional foods.

Homes are often decorated with plants and flowers at this time. Peach blossom is traditional at Tết in the north while apricot blossom is traditional in the south. The kumquat tree with its ripe deep orange fruit is popular throughout the country.

One of Tết’s most special foods is banh chung, which is made from sticky rice, green beans and fatty pork. Mut, which is candied fruit such as sugared apples, plums or tomatoes is also popular.

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On the days of Tết, everyone tries to be nice and polite to each other. People believe that what they do on the first day of the year will influence their luck during the whole year.

Thus only positive comments should be made.

People visit other family members or friends and they exchange new year’s wishes. Children receive their lucky money inside red envelopes.

Many people go to the pagodas to pray for a happy year for themselves and their families.

Both children and adults take part in games and various forms of entertainment.

Tết is really a time of fun and festivities throughout the country.

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Easter Holiday. During Tết, do people eat roast turkey, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, ice-cream, donuts and chocolate bonbons?

Spring Break, Spring Vacation.. How do people feel during Tết? How do they speak and behave?

Summer Vacation. Do people exchange gift of toys and clothes?
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Thanksgiving Day. Are there large winter holiday markets and festivities?

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Christmas. What might happen in the future?

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