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Tet Vietnamese New Year

In 2007, Tet will be on February 18. It will be the year of the Pig. It is also the end of a 12 year cycle. The national holiday lasts for three days. However, in practice it can be longer, as many celebrations occur before this date in the south of Viet Nam and after this date in the north of Viet Nam.

Tet dates for upcoming years are: Rat 2008 February 7, Buffalo 2009 January 26, Tiger 2010 February 14, Cat 2011 February 3, Dragon 2012 January 23, Snake 2013 February 10, Horse 2014 January 31, Goat 2015 February 19, Monkey 2016 February 8, Rooster 2017 January 28, Dog 2018 February 16, Pig 2019 February 5.

Tet the Vietnamese New Year

Here is a wealth of information on Tet. You can view photographs of Tet celebrations in Vietnam and Canada. Read about Vietnamese preparations and features of Tet, learn ways adoptive families can share in this special holiday, and download activities and crafts for Tet.

Articles on Adopt Vietnam

Tet Holiday Books
Reviews of the best books for children and adults about Tet and other Vietnamse holidays.

Tet in Hanoi
Preparing for Tet in Hanoi. (Dana Sachs)

Inviting the Ancestors for Tet
The celebration of Vietnamese New Year - preparing traditional food and ceromonies. (Mai Pham)

Tet in Vietnam - In Pictures
Vietnamese New Year celebrations in photographs. Decorations, parades and fireworks enliven Ho Chi Minh City for this festive holiday. (Photos by Carl Cole).

Tet Celebration Photographs
These representative photos provide a glimpse of the Vietnamese New Year celebrations in North America, for those who might not have the opportunity to particpate. Examples of familiar Tet symbols and events, including lovely flowers, food, dances, music, decorations, and ceremonies, are beautifully illustrated. (Phan Dam)

Suggestions for Celebrating the Lunar New Year
International adoption families celebrate Tet and other Asian New Year holidays. (Cindy Roberts)

Staying for Tet
An adoptive mother spends Tet in Hanoi with her little girl. (Nancy Jacobs)

Make Your Own Dragon Parade for Tet
Cindy Robert's shares instructions for creating a dragon for your children's Tet celebrations.

Make Your Own Musha Dragon Puppet for Tet
Instructions and pattern for creating a dragon puppet for your children's Tet celebrations, from Cindy Roberts.

Tet, the Vietnamese New Year, A Lesson Plan for Grades 4-6
Enjoy Tet with your child's school. (Tracy Ward)