Vietnamese New Year or Tet is special occasion for all the Vietnamese and it is also the nation’s cultural identity.
Vietnamese New Year occurs somewhere in the last ten days of January or the first twenty days of February, nearly halfway between winter solstice and spring equinox. Although the Lunar New Year is observed throughout East Asia, each country celebrates Vietnamese New Year in its own way in conformity with its own national psyche and cultural conditions.
For the Vietnamese people, Vietnamese New Year is like a combination of Western Saint Sylvester, New Year’s Day, Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving. It is the festival of Purity and Renewal.
Nature always renews its youth, returning to its primary purity and freshness. We are part of nature, must follow the same course. For the Vietnamese, Vietnamese New Year brings a message of confidence in humanity; it brings redemption, hope and optimism.
Best time to travel: If you are planning to travel Vietnam within Tet festival, we advise you the following things;
• Book your Vietnam tour far in advance because the domestic flight tickets, train tickets, hotels in some certain cities are quickly fully booked or overcharged.
• Finish your Vietnam travel 2-3 days before Tet because there is nothing to see within the days of Tet. If you travel Vietnam before Tet, it is a unique opportunity to see how Vietnamese prepare for these special days. For examples, streets and markets are colorful with flowers, lights, tet's food, cakes, fruits. Moreover, most of tourist sites, shops, restaurants are closed and people go back to their hometowns or travel.
• If you travel in Vietnam within Tet, make sure that you have a chance to "Eat Tet" with a Vietnamese family to learn about Vietnamese culture and join the festivals after Tet.