Vietnam is famous for not only its traditions and foods, but also for its holidays. I would like to explain why Tet holidays in Vietnam are so special among others.
Tet holidays occur between the mid-Jan and the mid-Feb at the beginning of a year. On these holidays, family members gather from every corner of the country to vist their parents and their relatives. Therefore, Tet holidays are known to have spiritual power that connects people to return to their houses and have many enjoyable moments.
Tet is also famous for its foods as well. In Tet, people will be able to try a lot of delicious dishes, such as banh chung, banh tet. This combination makes Tet holidays become much more interesting. Enjoying delicious foods while staying at home talking with friends and family members, it is one of the best things that Vietnamese people have ever done.
Talking about Tet, on these holidays, everyone will wear new clothes, in particular, the red ones. It is said that in Eastern culture, red brings luck; therefore, in Tet, everywhere is red. Children will receive lucky money from red envelopes as a tradition. When people get older, they still receive lucky money until they get married.
However, Tet will not be truly completed if they do not have plants and flowers. There are two types of flowers that Vietnamese people always use for decoration on these days. They are called as "hoa mai" for the yellow ones and "hoa dao" for the pink ones. These two flowers have made Tet become much brighter than usual.
Vietnamese people separate them into two places. The pink one is in the North and the yellow one is in the South due to their conditions. For a long time ago, hoa dao has been known as not be able to grow in such hot and humid weather like Ho Chi Minh city. Therefore, this plant is brought to the Northern area where cool air is available.
In contrast, hoa mai cannot grow in cool air like hoa dao. As a result, this plant is brought to Ho Chi Minh city and the surrounding area as a traditional plant in the holidays.
If foreigners can visit Vietnam during Tet holidays, I recommend you to have some tasty foods and put on some red clothes or suits that I have mentioned. Also, don't forget to bring your cell phones and cameras as tools to take photos with friends and families in these holidays.