Lunar New Year Festival often falls between late January and early February; it is among the most important holidays in Vietnam. Officially, the festival includes the 1st, 2nd and 3rd day in Lunar Calendar; however, Vietnamese people often spend about nearly a month to celebrate this special event.
Food plays a major role in the Lunar New Year celebration. It is a time of excess, one does not enjoy Lunar New Year, and one “eats” Lunar New Year.
The first day a feast of boiled male virgin chicken, sticky rice, and a special soup made with clear vermicelli and bamboo shoots, boiled pork, and 3 or 5 duck eggs is offered to ancestors who have returned to their homes. Sticky rice and salt are also offered in the streets to any hungry ghosts who might be wandering in the neighborhood. A traditional food is Earth cake, a Square Cake (Bánh Chưng) made with rice beans and pork. When a watermelon is cut they believe that the redder the watermelon the more luck for the family. Several different desserts and dishes are made with coconut. On the third day another feast of virgin chicken is served to say farewell to ancestors returning to their ethereal abodes. This cake is usually made in North Area, Vietnam. In Mekong delta and South area , people usually makes Bánh Tét instead.
Bánh Tét demonstrates the importance of rice in the Vietnamese culture as well as historical value. During Tet holiday, family members would gather together and enjoy feasting on Bánh Tét, the central food of this festive Vietnamese holiday to celebrate the coming of spring. The process of making Bánh Tét is time consuming, but a tradition that many families still practice even in this modern society where pre-made Bánh Tét are sold virtually in every Vietnamese store. It is the effort that counts and many choose to spend time with their family to create the holiday treat the traditional way. The process of making Bánh Tét is to provide an opportunity for family members to bond and come together to celebrate the holiday spirit.
Some Bánh Tét picture:
Vietnam has witnessed a lot of changes but the Lunar New Year festival will never cease to be the time of joy to the people. When you have a chance to visit Vietnam, you should choose this time for visting. Many beautiful decor outside the streets and delicious food for eating. You can join Mekong delta tours or Mekong delta day tour to enjoy Bánh Tét and other Vietnam food in Tet holiday in South area, Vietnam. It will be very special. Good Luck for your trip and Enjoy your time in our beautiful country.