Tet is short for “ đầu năm mới Nguyên Đán” which means as “The Feast of the First Morning of the First Day”

Tet is the occasion for Vietnamese to express their respect và remembrance for their ancestors as well as welcoming the New Year with their beloved family members. Moreover, in the past, Tet was essential as 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.

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Vietnamese’s family will get together lớn have big meals with traditional food, decorate their houses with Tet trees & visit their relatives.


The Vietnamese New Year takes place at the start of a new lunar year. Although the people of Vietnam observe the solar (Gregorian) calendar, the Solar New Year generally isn’t as important as the Lunar New Year.

Below are the dates of the first day of Tet in coming years:

2022: February 1

2023: January 22

2024: February 10

2025: January 29

Tet is officially a three-day national holiday in Vietnam. However, including preparations for Tet events, the holiday can stretch up to a week or longer.

Tet holiday customs và celebrations

Significant food and fruit in Tet

Bánh bác bỏ (Banh chung)

According lớn a legend that has been passed on for thousands of generations, bánh bác is the symbol of Earth because it combines all the unique ingredients of Vietnamese agriculture.

Mâm ngũ quả (A tray of five fruits)

A tray of five fruits is still used to express the wishes for the Lunar New Year of the host family by their names, colors, and arrangements.

Mứt ( Sweeten dried fruit)

This once-in-a-year set of snacks is very large in variety, with so many tastes: ginger, carrot, coconut, pineapple, pumpkin, lotus seed, star fruit, etc.

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Vietnamese traditional food

Traditional custom

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 tết must involve happiness, joy, và good luck. Below are some of the popular, long-standing đầu năm traditional customs that have stood the chạy thử of time from generations lớn generations.

Lucky money

The first day of đầu năm mới is reserved for the nuclear family. Children receive a red envelope containing money from their elders. Usually, children wear their new clothes and give their elders the traditional đầu năm mới greetings before receiving the money.


Xông đất

The act of being the first person to lớn enter a house on tết is called xông đất, xông nhà or sút đất

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.

According to lớn Vietnamese tradition, if good things come lớn the family on the first day of the lunar New Year, the entire following year will also be full of blessings. Usually, a person of good temper, morality and success will be the lucky sign for the host family & be invited first into the house.


At đầu năm Vietnamese’s house is usually decorated:

Hoa mai – Ochna integerrima in the central & southern parts of Vietnam.


Hoa đào (peach flower) and kumquat tree in the northern part of Vietnam.


Kumquat tree


Hoa ban in mountain areas


4. Common Vietnamese New Year wishes

Furthermore, here are few common Vietnamese New Year wishes that you may send khổng lồ your student

Chúc mừng năm mới- Happy New Year

Dồi dào sức mạnh –Plenty of health

An khang sum vầy –Security, good health, và prosperity

Phát tài phát tài – to lớn wish someone become rich & prosperous

Vạn sự như mong muốn – May all your wishes come true

Tết is the most important celebration in Vietnamese culture,

Tết carries love & hope; signifies family and friend kinship; and promises a better year ahead. If you are interested in learning about local life in Vietnam, there could not be a better time than Tet.