Vietnamese culture is not only very deep-rooted but it is also a great way to learn more about the people.
Vietnam is one country like many others in Asia that is strongly influenced by the lunar calendar and events based on the movement of the moon. One of these major events is Tet Nguyen Dan,called Tet in short, which is the equivalent of New Year celebrations for those who use the Julian calendar. Like in most different countries that use the lunar calendar, events vary from day to day, region to region and are based on a particular area’s practices, customs and traditions. If you happen to be visiting Vietnam,celebrating Tet can be one of the most amazing experiences that you will ever witness. To enjoy the festivities below are some of the important things that you should know in order to enjoy the fun as much as anyone else.
If you happen to visit Vietnam around the Tet celebrations, you are likely to experience a side of Vietnam that you are not likely to experience in ordinary day to day Vietnam. To better understand what will be going on around you, it would be prudent of you to do some research to find out as much detail as you can about Tet beyond what a Vietnam travel guide would tell you. (Unless it is comprehensive enough of course.) In short, however, you would find out that Tet marks the beginning of the spring season and is usually marked as the first day when the moon shows, after the sun enters Aquarius. As is the nature of most celebrations that use the lunar calendar, Tet cannot be pinpointed to a specific calendar day, like those who use the Julian calendar are used to. Tet is celebrated on a particular range of days between the end of January and the beginning of February in the Julian calendar.
During Tet, which is a celebration that takes paces over a period of three days, families prepare themselves for a sort of cleansing of the old year and prepare themselves for the good luck that the New Year will bring. People want to get rid of all the old baggage such as old debts, they clean their homes thoroughly, put on new clothes, and make peace with any ill feelings that they may have towards others. As such, you will find that most Vietnamese people at Vietnamese tourist spots, if you find any, will be at their best version of themselves. However, you will also find that during this period, cleaning is not done, because it is associated with sweeping away good luck, and drawing water and digging the ground is not done, so that the ground can also get to enjoy the holiday. Any activity that needs to be done such as cooking and cleaning are done before the celebration. This should not however lead you to believe that the celebrations will be slow. On the contrary, Tet is a period when excess is celebrated.