The Vietnamese New Year, Tet Nguyen Dan, follows the same lunar calendar that governs the Chinese New Year. On 5th February, Vietnamese people will also honour one of the most important celebrations of culture. Tet is regarded as being an opportunity for a fresh start - old grievances are forgiven, houses are cleaned and good luck and fortune are expected for the upcoming year.
With this Lunar New Year being one of the most significant cultural celebrations in Vietnam, we have listed 4 landmarks you can visit to honour the Tet holiday.
As the capital city of Vietnam, there a wide variety of traditional Tet celebrations taking place across Hanoi.
For example, on the fifth day of the Lunar New Year, Hanoi citizens travel to Dong Da Hill to celebrate the Dong Da Festival, which honours the Vietnamese victory over invading Chinese forces.
A calligraphy festival also takes place outside the Temple of Literature in old Hanoi, where calligraphers set up booths to sell auspicious Chinese greetings to paying customers.
2. Mộc Châu plateau
Located in Son La province, Moc Chau is a popular destination for backpackers. 1,050 metres above sea level, Moc Chau is renowned for its vast grass fields and tea plantations. Should you wish to escape the hustle and bustle of Vietnam’s major cities, the plateau is also known for the festivals of the local Hmong tribes.
3. Ho Chi Minh City
Situated in the southern region of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam’s business and financial capital. It is also a popular tourist destination - travellers love its vintage French architecture, sleek skyscrapers and luxurious pagodas.
Also known as "the city that never sleeps" Ho Chi Minh City is known for its busy nightlife. On the second day of Tet,the Lunar New Year's Eve, extravagant firework displays are held along the Saigon and Han river banks, whilst many people will visit bars & restaurants to count down the New Year.
The streets are filled with people using firecrackers, drums, bells and gongs to ward off evil spirits.
4. Hoi An
With its well-preserved ancient architecture, the city of Hoi An is known for its famous street food markets.
On New Year’s Eve a lantern festival is held along the Thu Bon River, during which the local people send their love to their ancestors. During the Tet holiday, the temples also hold rituals that grant blessings and good fortune to the local people and those who partake. The event also honours the traditional craft of lantern making. Temples are open and packed with people making monetary offerings and burning incense.
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