Tet in Hanoi
A journey to remember
There’s an optimistic air about during Tet. To the Vietnamese, Tet is the start of new beginnings.
It’s a time for feasting, merriment and spending quality time with family and friends. The children keenly await “lucky money” in traditional red envelopes, while fake money burns so wealth rises up to the deceased in layers of smoke.
Literally meaning “feast of the first break of the first month of the new year ”, Tet is the Vietnamese lunar new year. And the most significant celebration in Vietnamese culture.
The locals have an extra spring in their step as they embrace Spring’s arrival. Parks, streets and homes are abloom with Tet flowers. A pink peach blossom symbolizes Tet in Vietnam’s north.
Vietnamese customs and traditions are deeply rooted in celebrating Tet. Traditionally, the three Kitchen Gods for each house report to the Jade Emperor about the events that have unfolded over the past year. They then return to heaven on the 23rd day of the 12th month of the lunar calendar, ushering in the beginning of Tet. To mark the Kitchen Gods’ departure, families offer up sacrifices at the family altar to help the gods on their journey.
With the lunar new year falling on February 8, let Journeys to the East plan an extraordinary adventure that will see you ring in 2016 with the locals. Let their story become part of your story. And deliver on your new year’s resolution to give yourself a journey to remember.