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Celebrate Tet, the Vietnamese New Year

Articles, crafts, and photographs on Tet, the Vietnamese New Year.

Introduction to Tet, the Vietnamese New Year

Rat for Vietnamese New Year Tet 2009 is the Year of the Ox - or more appropriately for Vietnam, the Year of the Buffalo. Specifically this is the year of the Brown (or Earth) Buffalo.

Vietnamese New Year is celebrated by many adoptive families and their Families with Children from Vietnam (FCV) chapters, as well as local Vietnamese culture organizations. Articles and resources for Tet are provided below.

Officially, the national holiday of Tet lasts for three days. However, in practice it is closer to a week or ten days, as many celebrations occur before this date in the south of Viet Nam and after this date in the north of Viet Nam.

For those in the adoption process, enjoy this important holiday - soon it will be your family holiday too! However, you should know that all work in Vietnam slows dramatically for several weeks during this time period. Almost everyone is on holiday or is in a holiday frame of mind. This is also the peak time of travel to Vietnam, as many Vietnamese people return to be with families and friends.

Tet dates for upcoming years are: Tiger 2010 February 14, Cat 2011 February 3, Dragon 2012 January 23, Snake 2013 February 10.

Recommended Books for Tet

There are a variety of fun and educational books on Vietnamese holidays and celebrations. One of the best for young children is Ten Mice for Tet by Pegi Deitz Shea.

Articles, Pictures and Crafts for Tet, Vietnamese New Year

Tet in Hanoi
Preparing for Tet in Hanoi. (Dana Sachs)

Inviting the Ancestors for Tet
The celebration of Vietnamese New Year - preparing traditional Vietnamese food and ceremonies. (Mai Pham)

The Traditions of Tet, the Vietnamese New Year
Tet Vietnamese New Year traditions - Tet, foods, flowers, fruits, celebrations and gatherings. (Tung Nguyen)

Tet in Vietnam - In Pictures
Vietnamese New Year celebrations in photographs. Decorations, parades and fireworks enliven Ho Chi Minh City for this festive holiday. (Photos by Carl Cole).

Vietnamese New Year Photographs
These Tet photos provide an introduction to Vietnamese New Year celebrations in North America. Tet symbols and events, including lovely flowers, food, dances, music, decorations, and ceremonies, are beautifully illustrated. (Phan Dam)

Suggestions for Celebrating the Lunar New Year
Ideas for Tet activities and crafts for children. (Cindy Roberts)

Staying in Vietnam for Tet
An adoptive mother spends Tet in Hanoi with her little girl. (Nancy Jacobs)

Tet, the Vietnamese New Year, A Lesson Plan for Grades 4-6
Enjoy Tet with your child's school. (Tracy Ward)

Make and Race a Vietnamese Dragonboat
Instructions for creating and racing a model Dragonboat for Tet. (Cherie Jones Das)

Make Your Own Dragon Parade for Tet
Vietnamese New Year Craft: Instructions for creating a dragon for your children's Tet celebrations. (Cindy Roberts)

Make Your Own Dragon Puppet for Tet
Asian New Year Craft: Instructions and pattern for creating a dragon puppet for your children's Tet celebrations (Cindy Roberts).


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