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Vietnamese Association, Toronto

1364 Dundas St. West

Toronto, ON M6J 1Y2

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Tet - A Brief History


Tet, also known as the Vietnamese Lunar New Year, is the most important and celebrated holiday in the Vietnamese Community. The celebration usually lasts between three to seven days. Tet is a very important festival in Vietnam because it provides one of the few breaks in the agricultural year, as it falls between the harvesting of the crops and the sowing of the new crops.

Preparation for Tet starts weeks in advance as homes are cleaned, debts are settled and resolutions are made with family and friends. Everyone also wears new clothes on during Tet. A special ceremony called Le Tru Tich is held usually during mid-night of New Year's Eve. Fire-crackers and gongs are usually involved in this ceremony to usher out the old and welcome the New Year. The streets are filled with people as they visit family and friends to celebrate.

The goal of Tet Toronto Festival is to recreate these festive traditions experienced back home in Vietnam. There will be vendors to replicate the night market, food vendors to sell traditional foods eaten during Tet, and pavilions to educate attendees of the different regions in Vietnam and how Tet is celebrated in these provinces. In addition, there will be live concerts, a children's playground area and many other fun and exciting activities. We hope to see you Tet Toronto and hope you learn about how the Vietnamese Culture celebrate the Lunar New Year!