WHAT IS TET?

The lunar new year (春節 in chinese, “tết” in vietnamese) is the most important celebration of many Asian communities including those of China, Vietnam, Hong kong, Indonesia, Tibet, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Korea, Bhutan, Mongolia and Kapan (before 1873).

The lunar new year marks the arrival of spring based on the lunar calendar, and features many customs such as giving thanks, worshiping ancestors and wishing new year’s greetings.

Traditional Lion Dance for Luck and Prosperity on New Year Days

People celebrate the lunar new year by visiting their relatives, temples, and attending festivals where they let go of the troubles of the past year and hope for a better new year.

Celebratory features of the lunar new year can also be seen in the forms of dragon and lion dances, firecrackers, pageantry, songs, games, a lot of food–and of course, the giving and spending of money.

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