Vietnam's Tet 2016

As the country prepares for the Vietnamese New Year (Tết or Vietnam's version of Lunar New Year), streets are coming alive with festive colors, loads of people, and Ho Chi Minh is transforming into a beautiful display of culture and tradition. 

One of the many decorative displays throughout Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

One of the many decorative displays throughout Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Tết is considered to be the biggest and most popular festival of the year lasting up to 7 days. It's an opportunity for Vietnamese to get rid of the back luck from the past year and welcome the new year with luck and good fortune. Also, this is a privileged occasion for families to reunite, celebrating a new year which has come together, and saying farewell to the previous one.

If you are lucky enough to be in country during this holiday, expect some good fortune in the form of Lucky Money (Li Xi). As odd numbers are superstitiously bad luck, small gifts of money in decorative red envelopes are given to children of your friends and family in even denominations to ward off evil spirits and give good luck.

A display of Li Xi, Vietnam's lucky money.

A display of Li Xi, Vietnam's lucky money.

It's an amazing time to be in the country or to be travelling throughout South East Asia. Happy New Year from TT&M in Vietnam! Chúc mừng năm mới!

A street in Saigon as the country prepares for its biggest festival of the year.

A street in Saigon as the country prepares for its biggest festival of the year.

Posted on January 29, 2016 .