getting ready for Tet

The celebration of Vietnamese New Year (aka Tet) actually starts days before the New Year. By New Year’s Eve, you should have done the following:


* Clean the entire home to get rid of all the things that are associated with the old year.

* Put away all brooms and brushes.

* Pay all your debts.

* Resolve differences with family members, friends, neighbors and business associates.

* Buy the following:

- red money envelopes

- oranges and/or tangerines

- circular candy tray

- flowers (especially plum blossom, peach blossom, water lily)

- a new set of clothes and shoes for children, preferably something red or orange.

* Get new dollar bills from the bank. Insert the new dollar bills into the red envelopes. which are called "lee see" or lucky money envelopes


What are your family traditions to get ready for New Year?

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  • pseudofiles 7y

    my mom does the traditional stuff, all i think about is the food. heehee.
  • No MSG 7y

    same here. :D
  • pseudofiles 7y

    how do you do those ^ little images?
  • h2okatcher 7y

    oh i so LOVE your list, ngoc! i'm learning a lot from ya! ;)
    btw, it'll be hard to pay all your debts and resolve family differences all within the next few weeks!! :P
  • Amy 7y

    WOW! That's like my dream come true, to have a clean house and pay all my debts! This would be more than a holiday celebration for me, it would be a miracle!
  • chcharlie 7y

    we don't have any new year traditions. we used to have new year feasts back in the days, i don't know what happened to that.

    how far are you on that list Ngoc? almost done? ;D
  • flipteezy 7y

    whoo hoo! red envelopes!
  • andrew so 7y

    hey, exactly the same as chinese.
  • K Snaps 李迦航 7y

    TET is very similar to Chinese new year then and you have give me a long to do list...hehehe ;-)
    Seen on your photo stream. (?)
  • ajpscs 7y

    thats really something
    ....not really a tradition, (my own)
    A day before new year I put lots of new bill on my wallet. and spread coins all over the house. he he he!!!

    Ngoc, whats is circular candy tray?
  • Agnes Au 7y

    yes that's very similar as Chinese New Year (CNY)! During CNY we will always say the first word 'Kung Hei Fat Choy' to everyone, which means 'Wish you will earn more $$'!! Is that the same as TET?
  • ^^{{^^ 7y

    Happy New Year!
    Looks like interesting tradition.
  • kes lei 7y

    happy new TET. NOM.
  • bronney hui 7y

    *covers eyes* I didn't see the list. Let's go shoot some more! yay.
  • Anushruti RK 7y


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  • Di Truong 7y

    am spending this year's CNY and tet without the parents, so no lucky money for di!
  • Calvina 7y

    that's a long list missy. you like you'll be busy for awhile. :) hope you're well. i've missed ya. i'm really looking forward to tet.
  • QSNguyen 7y

    wow, they let you bring camera into the store ? I thought it said no camera ...well, probably I'll bring mine and took some shots...hehe

    ...and of course can't miss Tet's food: dua mon, banh chung, banh tet, gio thu......mmmmm....

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)
  • No MSG 7y

    you mean the bokeh? with the help of the fluorescent light reflection on the shinning cellophane wrapping paper + setting your camera to wide open aperture + no flash + luck (hehehe)

    it'd take me a lifetime to do that, but it's still good to put that item on the list ... just as a reminder. :)

    hahahaha .... same here .... let's pray together. :D

    I've been doing some cleaning, but I still need some help .. would you like to volunteer? our new year family will be on New Year Eve, and that will be a feast ... oh well, my diet resolution can wait ... hahaha

    that was my expression decades ago. now, red envelopes mean .. "going broke" to me. I have tons of nieces and nephews, you know. :(

    oh yeah. I want to spend Lunar New Year in Hong Kong one day.

    by this time, you probably are done with your list? or maybe done writing them down. :)

    hey, that's a good tradition. I should copy you. :) . Circular candy tray? Just imagine a roulette table filled with candies, preserved fruits, water melon seeds, and many other goodies. :D

    We do have a list of common greetings for new year. For example: to the elders, I would say something about good health and longivity; to a newly wed couples, I would wish them to have a fat boy at the beginning of the year, and a pretty girl at the end of the year (hahaha... some wish or what?); to a single person, I wish him/her to find his/her other half soon .....and the list goes on. It's fun these days to watch how the kids manage to pass this greeting rite since they don't understand the culture, plus to them it's a tongue-twisting challenge. :D

    thank you. I'm sure you're familiar with these similar traditions in Taiwan?

    Kung Hei Fat Choy! or would you prefer to have "a fat boy at the beginning of the year, and a pretty little girl at the year end"? :D

    you can run, but you cannot hide. Let's see how Hong Kong is preparing for CNY.

    Thank you. I'm happy to join the group.

    well, you now have something even better than a red envelope .... hehehe.

    hi Calvina. Without this list I'm already busy as a bee. I'm sure there are lots of community activities going on in your area to celebrate CNY.

    ahhh .... you just mentioned all my favorites. are you going to make those specialties?
  • Asia Society 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Asia Welcomes 2010, a photo contest and group pool on Asian New Year celebrations, sights and festivities, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
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