Tet Nguyen Dan which means the first morning of the first day of the new period is known as Tet, the Vietnamese New Year. This marks the beginning of a new year on the lunar calendar, and the beginning of spring. For Vietnamese, the New Year begins on the first night of the first moon after the sun enters Aquarium; sometime between January 21 and February 19 on the lunar calendar.
Tet is the most important and popular festivity in Vietnam. Families prepare in advance and they take special care to ensure they start the New Year on the right foot. They clean their homes, people buy new cloths, cook special holiday foods and they try to pay off their debts. People make amends with each other to get rid of bad feelings. Southchay, my coworker, said that cleaning is not allowed during Tet because it would be like sweeping out good luck and you would not want to do that.
During the first 3 days of Tet, people want to look and feel their best, and also have positive energy. They dress up in their new cloths, control themselves from being angry or sad and display generosity with each other. Everyone is in their best behavior, businesses close for 3 days to avoid negative or angry customers who could interfere with their positive energy. Lai, another coworker, told me that in the old days people did not go to work during Tet but now, people who do not have their own business go to work but keep positive and in good spirits.
|This is my friend Christina, she would be the perfect guest to have on the first day of Tet. She is the artist who painted our sign for this year's celebration|
At the office, I always have lots of fun learning about different cultures and their celebrations – this time, Tet’s traditions. I enjoyed the excellent food and fine entertainment. Thank you to all of my coworkers who put together this beautiful celebration to share with the rest of us, I loved it!
Source: Wikipedia and my coworkers