Traditional Tet Food – Lunar New Year in Vietnam

As Vietnamese citizens, we’d like to present you about our Lunar New Year Festival (“TET NGUYEN DAN” in Vietnamese), an oncoming occasion. It is a national and traditional festival in Vietnam

The next year depends on the Lunar Calendar. In Vietnamese, they often call this occasion “Tet” (/teit/).

Since it is the biggest festival in a year in our country, Vietnamese people have many activities to celebrate this occasion.

Several days before the main festive day, in every corners of our country, people prepare many things with a great eagerness. Painting houses, preparing Tet food, holding flower festivals all over the country…are some main activities on Tet occasion.

After a year flooded with work, people prefeWorkers stop working, students stop studying in class several days before Tet, to prepare and to refresh themselves on Tet.

Traditional Tet food

In North of Vietnam, the main food is a kind of cake called “Chung cake” (/ t?u:?/). In English, it’s called “sticky rice cake”.

Banh Chung

Banh Chung

In South, we have “tet” cakes (/tet/). It’s covered by banana leaves.

 

Banh tet

Banh tet

Other special meals in Tet holiday

“Nem” (Spring roll)

“Nem” (Spring roll)

Eggs and pork cooked with brine

Eggs and pork cooked with brine