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Your pocket guide to spending the Tet holiday like an authentic Vietnamese!

Updated: Mar 3, 2022

Tet, or Lunar New Year, is undoubtedly the most important celebration in Vietnamese culture and a major holiday across the country. Although the New Year date is 1.1 by the lunar calendar, the days leading up to Tet and the following days are considered as national holidays. Some even claim that the preparation made Tet special.

Vietnamese prepare for Tet by cooking specific New Year foods, cleaning out their homes, buying new clothing, and paying respects to their ancestors. Flowering trees are placed outside every home and office, and a feeling of excitement and cheer envelops the entire country.

So if you want to celebrate like a real Vietnamese, here are four staple customs to join in, as well as an event from Alo Vietnam Restaurant that set your mood for the Tet holiday.

1. Indulge yourself in traditional food!

Food - especially the Tet cake bánh chung - is an essential component of the an authentic, during the Tet holiday celebrations. According to folklore, the last King Hùng could not decide which of his sons would take the throne, so he competed to find which son could bring him the best dish in the world. One son stood out as he presented these two savory rice cakes representing heaven and earth.

Taste authentic Tet dishes with Alo Vietnam Tet All you can eat Buffet

During the Tet holiday across Vietnam, families will sit down, gather and talk about the past year. Rounds of toast for new year’s wishes is a must. Each region has its version of the Lunar New year meal. In the North, nem (fried spring rolls), banh chung (sticky rice cake), and whole-boiled chicken with Banh Chung are considered a staple. Meanwhile, a Southern Tet meal is caramelized pork and bitter melon soup.

The Tet dishes are carefully prepared and artsy presented and stand for the passing of hardship and hope for the new year.