Tet Nguyen Dan, more commonly known by Tet, is the most important and popular holiday and festival in Vietnam, held in the first three days of the lunar calendar. This is an occasion for people to welcome a new coming year and also for family reunions.
As preparations, Vietnamese people are busy buying things, and a branch of peach flower or a kumquat tree cannot be absent from any home during these special days. In addition, people clean and decorate their houses, cook traditional foods such as Chung cake, pickled onion, frozen meat... Children are the most eager, as their parents will buy them new clothes.
In the last day of the previous year, people are always excited as they feel a new year is coming very near. On New Year's Eve, everybody waits for the sacred moment when the clock hands point 0 a.m. and fireworks are lighted up, to wish for health, luck and happiness in the next year. Streets are extremely crowded. On the contrary, in the first morning of the new year, everything seems peaceful and quiet as people want to sleep longer to enjoy the moment with their family. From noon on, everybody goes to their relatives, friends and neighbors' houses to wish them a happy new year. Children are very excited, as they will get lucky money from adults. Women often go to pagodas to pray for their families. Many activities are held to welcome a new spring coming. People can take part in spring festivals and play traditional games such as tug of war, cock fighting...
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