Regarded the biggest celebration of the year by the Vietnamese, Tet Festival brings families together to welcome the lunar New Year.
- When? 16th February 2018
- Where? Hanoi, Vietnam
- Price: Free
Usually Hanoi is much quieter at night when the hordes of scooters are tucked away for the night but on Tet at the stroke of midnight, the horns are replaced by beating drums and barking dogs - which is still better than the horn-happy bikes we suppose.
Vietnam's equivalent to the Chinese New Year, Tet is considered the biggest celebration in Vietnam and the country's capital is one of the best places to experience this public holiday first hand. The date of it varies from year to year because it's based on the lunar calendar and families usually take a week off to celebrate.
This is a time of year when the Vietnamese remember their ancestors and get together enjoying lots of home-cooked food, praying at temples and decorating homes to welcome the lunar New Year. However, as the clock strikes midnight it is common for many to welcome the Kitchen God by beating drums, lighting firecrackers and enticing dogs to bark (which is considered lucky).
During the days of Tet, it's important to note that although streets are colourfully decorated and slightly less crowded due to reduced traffic, many shops and restaurants are closed so this is something to be aware of if you are visiting at this time of year. Our advice is to simply embrace the festive atmosphere and take the time to appreciate a few days of a (slightly) quieter city. You might find yourself glad that Tet falls during your visit.
- Get there: Fly to Hanoi and get around by train, bus or taxi.
- Stay: Pick accommodation in the city centre to be at the heart of the festivities.
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