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Vietnamese Lunar New Year (Tet)

2022 - Year Of The Buffalo

The most important celebration in Vietnamese culture, Tet Holiday carries love and 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.

Vietnamese New Year (Tet)
Tet Essentials

Vietnamese New Year (Tet)

2022 - Year Of The Tiger

5 Things You Should Know About Visiting Vietnam During Tet
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5 Things You Should Know About Visiting Vietnam During Tet

Vietnam Online creates this guide as a special early gift for those visiting Vietnam during the New year, in the hope that upon leaving, many will say

Tet 2021: Snapshots From Around The Country
Tet By Year

Tet 2021: Snapshots From Around The Country

2021 probably goes down in history as one of the most different Tet in Vietnam. Take a look at snapshots from all over the country.

How Vietnamese Families Spend Their Tet Days
Local Customs

How Vietnamese Families Spend Their Tet Days

In Vietnam, there could be no other occasions more special than Tet for all members in a family to unite and enjoy a wide range of hilarious activities during the holiday. Below are the top five most preferable Tet’s activities Vietnamese people often do with family.

Vietnam's Most Common Seeds & Nuts For New Year
Tet Food

Vietnam's Most Common Seeds & Nuts For New Year

During Tet, every family in Vietnam prepares a special tray of snack to offer guests, containing a variety candies, biscuits, jam, fruits; and roasted nuts are indispensable components off the tray.

Essenstial Vietnamese New Year's Food
Tet Food

Essenstial Vietnamese New Year's Food

Vietnamese people have a very good habit of saving, which are reflected by the regular meals – rice with a main dishes (meat or fish/shrimp), a vegetable food and a bowl of soup.

Vietnamese Pickled Onions (Hanh Muoi)
Tet Food

Vietnamese Pickled Onions (Hanh Muoi)

According to Vietnamese perspective, people may suffer from the hunger all year round but they always try their best to be full at Tet, it is true even for the poorest people.

Boiled Chicken - A Simple yet Unique Taste of Vietnamese food
Tet Food

Boiled Chicken - A Simple yet Unique Taste of Vietnamese food

Living in a cradle of the wet rice civilization, Vietnamese has a deep connection with nature and to them, besides the buffalo, chicken is one of the six most familiar animals (including: chicken, pig, goat, buffalo, and horse).

Tet in Ho Chi Minh City - What to do?
Travel Tips

Tet in Ho Chi Minh City - What to do?

Tet celebration in Vietnam starts on the 1st day of Lunar calendar and usually lasts for 3 days. Before Tet holidays, people start having days off from December 26th to tidy up and decorate their houses. The work schedule are normally back to track at January 5th of Lunar Calendar.

Do and Don't During Tet holiday in Vietnam
Local Customs

Do and Don't During Tet holiday in Vietnam

There are many customs in Vietnam dictating what to do and what not to do during these days. Being a traveller, you may choose to observe these rules, especially if you invited to a Vietnamese family during Tet.

Visiting Ho Chi Minh City During Tet: 7 Things To Keep In Mind
Travel Tips

Visiting Ho Chi Minh City During Tet: 7 Things To Keep In Mind

In order to have the best Tet experience in Ho Chi Minh city, read these useful tips shared by locals and experienced travellers to ensure a smooth trip during the holidays.

Red sticky rice- X?i G?c- An Essence of Vietnamese Tet
Tet Food

Red sticky rice- X?i G?c- An Essence of Vietnamese Tet

It seems to look like sticky rice, but its bloody red color makes it so bizarre. That is “xoi gac”- the unique red sticky rice that people can find nowhere else in the world except for Vietnam!

Tet- A Unique Vietnam's Celebration
Tet Essentials

Tet- A Unique Vietnam's Celebration

Vietnamese Tet, an eventful holiday in Vietnamese culture, often takes place during the first week of the new year in Lunar Calendar.

Bánh Tét - Essential to Tet in the South of Vietnam
Tet Food

Bánh Tét - Essential to Tet in the South of Vietnam

Banh Tet, a representative cake in the South Vietnam, can be easily found at any house during Tet.

Mung Bean Pudding - Vietnamese Che Kho
Tet Food

Mung Bean Pudding - Vietnamese Che Kho

To many Hanoian generations, mung bean pudding has become a familiar dish which always presents on the ancestors’ altar at New Year’s Eve.

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Frequently asked questions

How many days are stores closed during Tet?

It really depends on the store owners. Vietnamese small businesses are very strict about their reopening day during the new year, wishing for a lucky and prosperous year ahead. They may visit a fortune teller or check the lunar calendar book and pick the date that best match their zodiac. Some may open on the first day of the year, others will wait until the tenth or even after the First Full Moon Festival (Tet Nguyen Tieu).

Are grocery stores open during Tet Holiday?

Some grocery stores such as Aeon Mall only close briefly on the New Year Day's morning and open from noon until late at night. Vinmart store chains often close on the first day and open on the second day of the new year. It is better you avoid visiting the shopping mall or grocery stores within 2-3 days before Tet holiday as they will be jam-packed with locals making their last minute holiday shopping.

When is Tet 2021?

In 2021, the lunar new year eve will fall on February 11th and new year day on February 12th. The actual public holiday is from February 10 to February 16. Expect banks, schools and other public institutions to close during this time.

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Public Holidays 2021

New Year's Day Fri, Jan 01
Vietnamese New Year's Eve Thu, Feb 11
Lunar New Year (T?t) Fri, Feb 12
Hùng Kings' Festival Wed, Apr 21
Reunification Day Fri, Apr 30
Labour Day Sat, May 01
Independence Day of Vietnam Thu, Sep 02

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