Tet Nguyen Dan 2013 – New Year In Vietnam
Tet Nguyen Dan 2013 – Vietnamese New Year Celebration
Tet Nguyen Dan means “Feast of the First Morning”, it is considered as the most important holiday in Vietnam.
Vietnamese celebrates Tet on the 1st day of the 1st month in the Chinese calendar, Hence Tet is celebrated on the same day as the Chinese New Year.
When is Tet Nguyen Dan 2013?
This most important holiday starts on Sunday, February 10th, and goes through Thursday, February 14th and is considered a public holiday.
Tet Nguyen Dan 2013 Celebrations
The Vietnamese people prepare for several weeks before the beginning of the Tet Nguyen Dan or Vietnamese New Year by giving their homes a spring cleaning and a fresh coat of paint. For Tet New Years Eve 2013, the people will play gongs and light firecrackers all through the night because it is believed that the loud noises will ward off bad luck. There will also be street parades where you will see dragon dances and lion dances. Once the parades and parties are over, the people go home to their families or to friends homes to feast over traditional Vietnamese dishes like Mut, which is dried sweet fruit; Har Dua, which is roasted watermelon seed; Banh Chung, which is sticky rice dumplings and Dua Hanh, which is pickled onion. After the feast, the elders hand out red envelopes with money called phong bao mung tuoi, to the children so they will have good luck and behave well for the coming year.
Happy Tet Nguyen Dan 2013! Happy Vietnamese New Year ! Chuc Mung Nam Moi!