Tet Holiday 2012

27, October, 2011

Tet Holiday 2012

TET Lunar New Year 2012 (Vietnam Holiday) - Year of the Dragon - Jan 22-25, 2012

When: Sun, Jan 22nd 2012 11:00 pm to Wed, Jan 25th 2012 11:59 pm

Where: throughout Vietnam, 

Vietnam Holiday. Offices closed throughout Vietnam.

Traditionally there are four main holidays: TET Eve (Su, Jan 22), and The First (Mo, Jan 23), Second (Tu, Jan 24), and Third (We, Jan 25) Days of TET Nguyen Dan. Since one of the official holidays is on the weekend, the holiday is observed on Mo, Jan 23 – Th, Jan 26. (to be confirmed). The Vietnamese traditionally celebrated Tet from the fifteenth day of the twelfth month to the fifteenth day of the first month. And even today, business slows two weeks before and up to two weeks after TET. 

To learn more about TET customs in Vietnam.

“Tet is the festival which epitomizes the identity of Vietnamese culture. Although the Lunar New Year is observed in all of East Asia influenced by Chinese civilization, each country celebrates it in a way peculiar to that country by making it conform to its psyche and historico-geographical conditions. Many rites, festivities and practices of Vietnamese TET are quite distant variants of the Chinese model, and are even original creations which hark back to myths and legends of the pre-Chinese period which prevailed in an authentically Viet culture of the Bronze Age (first millenium B.C.) called the Red River Culture.” 

Symbols of TET in Vietnam.

Kumquat trees about two or three feet tall are carefully selected and prominently displayed during Tet. To carefully choose a kumquat bush, the buyer must pay attention to the symmetrical shape, to the leaves and to the color and shape of the fruit. The bushes have been precisely pruned to display ripe deep orange fruits with smooth clear thin skin shining like little suns or gold coins on the first day of the lunar new year. Other fruits must still be green to ripen later. This represents the wish that wealth will come to you now and in the future. The leaves must be thick and dark green with some light green sprouts. The fruits represent the grandparents, the flowers represent parents, the buds represent children and the light green leaves represent grandchildren. The tree thus symbolizes many generations. Guests will caress the light green leaves about to sprout and compliment the discerning host who chose so carefully.

And here is a list of dates for future TET Lunar New Year’s Day 

Should we travel to Vietnam during Tet Holiday?

No, you should not. During Tet Holiday, people in the cities will find their ways home to where they were born in the countryside, villages..., or on holiday. Big cities will be quiet, boring and you will not see much how Vietnamese enjoy Tet. Again, most of shops, restaurants will be closed for few days.

I want to see Tet, when should I travel to Vietnam?

It is good to start your Vietnam Holiday 2- 3 weeks before Tet and you will experience a lot of interesting activities and preparation of Vietnamese for this special time. But this is very high season, we advise you to book your Vietnam Vacation far in advance to make sure that you can get the flights, hotels, train... confirmed.

And here is a list of dates for future TET Lunar New Year’s Day

Year of the… Gregorian Calendar
Dragon Jan 23, 2012
Snake Feb 10, 2013
Horse Jan 31, 2014
Goat Feb 19, 2015
Monkey Feb 08, 2016
Rooster Jan 28, 2017
Dog Feb 16, 2018
Pig Feb 05, 2019
Rat Jan 25, 2020
Buffalo 2021
Tiger 2022
Cat 2023
Dragon 2024
Snake 2025
Horse 2026