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Tet Nguyen Dan

Tet Nguyen Dan is here! Celebrate the Vietnamese New Year with delightful banquets, captivating dragon dances and colourful lanterns!
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Get ready to dive into the vibrant festivities of Tet Nguyen Dan on Feb. 10! Originating more than a thousand years ago, Tet Nguyen Dan is a celebration that marks the beginning of the Vietnamese New Year and ushers in the spring season. The term "Tet Nguyen Dan" literally means "the first morning of the first day" and is one of the most important occasions of the year for the Vietnamese people. During this time, homes are filled with the scent of blooming flowers and delicious festive food. Endless laughter and good wishes reverberate in every corner of the country. Join in as we celebrate this joyous festival with resplendent banquets, captivating dragon dances, and colourful lanterns!

History of Tet Nguyen Dan

Tet Nguyen Dan Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2000 BCE</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Origins of Tet</div><div class='timeline-text'>Ancient Vietnamese people celebrated the arrival of spring, marking the foundation of the Tet Nguyen Dan celebration.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>111 BC - 938 AD</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Tet Under Chinese Domination</div><div class='timeline-text'>Despite the Chinese domination, Tet preserves Vietnamese traditions, values, and identity, attesting to the resilience and inner strength of the Vietnamese people.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1800s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Tet Expands with French Colonial Era</div><div class='timeline-text'>Tet became highly significant as it was usually one of the few times when Vietnamese peasants got time off from labor under French rule.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1968</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Tet Offensive during Vietnam War</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Tet Offensive, a significant event in the Vietnam War occurred during the Tet holiday.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1980s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Global Recognition of Tet</div><div class='timeline-text'>Tet started to be celebrated by the Vietnamese diaspora around the world, promoting Vietnamese culture on a global scale.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>Present Time</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Modern Tet Celebrations</div><div class='timeline-text'>Tet continues to be a vibrant celebration in Vietnam and around the world, combining traditional and modern elements, and signifying renewal and hope.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Tet Nguyen Dan

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Prepare a Tet feast</h3><p class='facts-text'>Embrace the essence of Tet by preparing a traditional Vietnamese New Year feast. An authentic Tet menu could include dishes like Bánh chưng (sticky rice cake), Giò lụa (Vietnamese ham), Pickled Onions and Thịt kho tàu (caramelised pork and eggs).</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Decorate with peach blossoms</h3><p class='facts-text'>In Northern Vietnam, the vibrant pink peach blossom tree, known as Hoa Dao, is a tet staple. Symbolising the strength and perseverance of the Vietnamese people, these beautiful trees are used to decorate homes during Tet.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Create origami Water Hyacinth Flowers</h3><p class='facts-text'>Water Hyacinths are often associated with Tet Nguyen Dan, as they bloom just in time for the holiday. Celebrate by learning how to make your own Origami Water Hyacinths and decorate your home with these paper creations.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Host a dragon dance performance</h3><p class='facts-text'>Arrange for a professional dragon dance performance at a local park or even your backyard. The lively, colourful dance is believed to bring good fortune and evict bad spirits.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Donate red envelopes</h3><p class='facts-text'>A popular Tet Nguyen Dan custom revolves around giving red envelopes filled with money. Symbolising luck, prosperity, and well-wishes, these can be gifted to children, elderly people, service providers, or even donated to local charities.</p></div></div>

Why We Love Tet Nguyen Dan

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's a time for tradition and culture</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Tet Nguyen Dan allows us to immerse ourselves in the rich and colourful cultural traditions of Vietnam. From preparing an authentic Tet feast to decorating our homes with beautiful peach blossoms or creating origami Water Hyacinth Flowers, we can appreciate the significance and beauty of these traditions.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It brings good fortune </h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Many elements of Tet Nguyen Dan are designed to bring good fortune for the coming New Year. One such practice is the dragon dance performance, a lively and colourful spectacle believed to bring prosperity and ward off evil spirits, amplifying our excitement for the holiday. </p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's a day of giving and sharing</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Tet Nguyen Dan promotes kindness and generosity by encouraging the giving of red envelopes filled with money. These envelopes symbolize luck, prosperity, and well-wishes and can be gifted to anyone from children to the elderly or even donated to charities. This act of giving fosters a sense of community and strengthens bonds with our loved ones and with the wider society.</p></div></div>

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