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All of Vietnam is busy in preparation! As much as Vietnamese New Year is a week away, the Tet festival has truly begun! If you are on a Vietnamese tour you may have noticed that everyone is that much more busy, that homes and store fronts are being adorned with decorations, and that motorcycles are being loaded up with a few extraordinary items.
Tet is the most important celebration of the year. It is a time when families get together to celebrate the new year. It is thought that even ancestors and loved ones that have passed away come back to join in the festivities. It is a time when the all things last year are replace with the new. And, it is a time of food, drink, and gift-giving.
A few things to look out for include: renovations and repairs to homes, buildings and parks; the hanging of decorations and red banners, people getting a new haircut, the purchase and transport of orange trees and peach blossom trees for Tet decor in homes, and overloaded motorcycles with food, traditional cakes, dried fruits, candy, wine, gifts, and paper offerings (to be burned).
As you continue your travels over the next week, be sure to have your camera in hand to make sure you catch all the action and colourful activities!
Footprint Vietnam Travel would like to remind you to drive safety as you prepare for your Tet celebrations. And please, don’t drink and drive!