How do you greet Tet in Vietnamese?

The traditional greetings are “Chúc Mừng Năm Mới” (祝 , Happy New Year) and “Cung Chúc Tân Xuân”, (恭祝新春, gracious wishes of the new spring). People also wish each other prosperity and luck. Common wishes for Tết include the following: Sống lâu trăm tuổi (long life of 100 years|長命百歲): used by children for elders.

What is Tet to the Vietnamese?

In Vietnam, Lunar New Year is called Tet. The full name is Tet Nguyen Dan. It means “feast for the first morning”. It is almost always celebrated on the same date as in Hong Kong and China. But because of the time difference, every 25 years or so, it falls a day earlier in Vietnam.

What can I bring to Tet?

The popular presents are cookies, chocolates, fruit baskets, wine, soft drinks or other kinds of treats. Usually, people can buy a pack of gifts in the shops which includes many different kinds of food. If you have a Vietnamese business partner, take this opportunity to enhance the relationships.

Why is Tet so important?

It is the most important and widely celebrated public festival of the year in Vietnam. It is the occasion for Vietnamese to express their respects for ancestors as well as welcoming the lunar New Year with family members.

What do you wear on Tet?

The national traditional dress in Vietnam is the ao dai, a silk tunic with pants worn by women and men. Ao dài are worn for special occasions including Tet, the new year celebration. Since the twentieth century, Vietnamese people have also worn contemporary clothing that is popular in many places in the world.

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What does Tet stand for?


Acronym Definition
TET Transcutaneous Energy Transfer
TET Tone Equal Temperament (music)
TET Test Environment Toolkit
TET Travailleur en Trance (French: In Trance Worker; band)

How did Tet start in Vietnam?

Tet Offensive Begins

On the early morning of January 30, 1968, Viet Cong forces attacked 13 cities in central South Vietnam, just as many families began their observances of the lunar new year.

How does Tet affect other days?

The first day of Tet is usually spent with immediate family, the second day is for visiting friends, and the third day is dedicated to teachers and visiting temples. One of the most important traditions observed during Tet is the emphasis put on who is the first to enter a house in the new year.

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