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Holiday ..Vietnamese new year

Complete the sentence using no more than three words.


1 Another name for Tet is Vetnamese spring festival

2 One typical dish at this time is soup which is made from dried young bamboo

3 Lucky money is given to children and elderly people.

4 At Tet, houses are adorned with peach  blossom and kumquat trees.

5 Cleaning the house is forbidden during Tet.


Tet is celebrated on the same day as Chinese New Year. Though, exception arise due to the one year time difference between Hanoi and Beijing.

It takes place from the first day of the first month of the Chinese calendar arround late January or early Febrary . Until at least the third day. Vetnamese people consider Tet to be the first day of spring and  the festival is often called Spring Festival. Many Vetnamese prepare for tet by cocking special holiday foods and cleaning the house. These foods include Square rice cake, Vetnamese sausage , dried young bamboo, soup sticky rice and boiled chicken. There are a lot of customs practiced during Tet, such as visiting a person`s house on the first day of the New Year ancestral worship wishing  New Year`s greetings and giving lucky money to children and elderly people. There are certain things to observe during tet and certain things to avoid . Houses are throughly cleaned in preperation for tet. People buy kumquat trees and Peach Blossom to decorate their houses. They are a dragon or lion dances in the streets. 

New clothes should be bought for every members of the family and on New Year`s Eve the kitchen God Ong Tao is welcomed back to the kitchen. On the other hand, some things must be avoided. Sweeping during tet is taboo and considered to be unlucky since it symbolizes sweeping away to the luck. That`s why they clean before the new year. It`s also taboo for anyone who experienced a recent loss in a family to visit  anyone else during tet.