Tet Holiday in Vietnam – Traditional things to do

Updated July, 2022

Tet Holiday or also known as Lunar New Year, is the most important festival in Vietnam. It is the time for a family reunion, so people visit their family, preparing and enjoying the holiday together. Do you know what to do on this Holiday? Read on to find traditional things to do on Tet holiday in Vietnam.


1. Cleaning for Tet Holiday in Vietnam.

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According to Vietnamese culture, lucky fortune will visit the clean, neat, and tidy houses on the first days of the year. Therefore, the owners must finish cleaning their homes at the end of the year before the 23rd, which is the day Ong Tao (The Kitchen God) go back to heaven.

Also, housecleaning is not only the belief but also makes the owners feel confident when relatives and friends visit. The guests will feel more valuable and respected when they get invited thanks to the neat and tidy house.

Tet is the time for new things and Vietnamese usually spend a half of the month before Tet holiday to prepare for it.

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2. Activities.

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Cleaning the house before Tet is one of the most important cultural features in Vietnam. It helps to organise things in the old year, removing unnecessary things to remove bad luck and welcome New Year fortunes.

Repainting the house, washing mattress and pillow, trimming trees neatly, etc. can make the house look refreshed and beautiful.

3. Buying decorations.

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Vietnamese people love decorating their houses on Tet holiday and this Lunar New Year is an spcial occasion for members to prepare new items and furniture to welcome a fortune year.

It’s also essential to buy flowers as a decoration at home. For Tet, Northern Vietnamese usually buy Peach Blossom tree, while in the South, people typically buy Ochna tree to place in their houses.

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4. “Remaking” yourself for Tet holiday in Vietnam.

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Everyone wants to be better on Tet holiday and the Lunar New Year is time for changes. Vietnamese usually try to “remake” themselves by cutting hair, buying new clothes, new shoes, etc. then consider these modification as the custom whenever the new year comes.

5. Making traditional Vietnamese cake — Banh Chung and Banh Tet.

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Tet is time for tradition. Folding Traditional cake — Banh Chung, Banh Tet is a Vietnamese tradition which started from 18th Hung Vuong King.

On the 28th — 29th of Tet Holiday, Vietnamese families often gather and make Banh Chung (square glutinous rice cake) and Banh Tet to enjoy and give to others.

It’s quite challenging to make these traditional cakes so the makers must be very skillful to be able to wrap them beautifully and tightly. Otherwise, the cakes will crack and absorb water.

Nowadays, there are not many families making Banh Chung, Banh Tet anymore, but everyone still eats it.


Hope with our sharing, you will find for yourself a great time to enjoy Tet Holiday in Vietnam!

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