When is Tết 2023? How Vietnamese New Year is celebrated

Tet is the Vietnamese new year festival (Getty Images)
Tet is the Vietnamese new year festival (Getty Images)

While the Western world celebrated the new year on January 1, for many cultures, the new year has yet to begin.

In Vietnam, people celebrate the new year with a festival called Tết.

People in Vietnam and Vietnamese people around the world will celebrate the lunar new year with a festival that focuses on family, food and welcoming in good luck for the year to come.

And although it falls on the same day Tết differs from Chinese new year as Vietnam has its own zodiac and set of new year beliefs and traditions.

What is Tết?

Tết, short for Tết Nguyên Đán, is the Vietnamese celebration of lunar new year.

According to the Vietnamese zodiac, 2023 is the year of the cat.

The cat is known as “the flexible one” and, according to Vietnam online, people born in the year of the cat are considered to be “courteous and sociable, yet always they keep a secret to themselves, which makes them attractive.

“It is hard to tell whether cat people can be happy or unhappy in life, since fate decides many things, yet a person born in the year of the cat has a mind of great depth.”

Recent years of the cat include 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999 and 2011.

When is Tết?

Like China, for example, Vietnam observes the lunar new year. This year, it falls on January 22, 2023.

In China, the lunar new year is celebrated with a festival called Chūnjié and in Korea the festival is called Seollal.

How is Tết celebrated?

In Vietnam, people celebrate Tết by decorating their homes with kumquat trees, peach blossoms, chrysanthemums, orchids and red gladiolas, according to History.com.

They will also clean their homes before the festival to remove bad luck from the previous year.

Vietnamese families will eat five-fruit platters to honour their ancestors, as well as dishes called banh chung, gio, and xoi, and families will gift red envelopes containing money to their younger relatives.

Tết is also celebrated with parades, dances, and fireworks, as well as a lantern festival.