Celebrate Têt in Traditional Vietnamese Style

The Vietnamese Phan family prepare for the Lunar New Year
The Vietnamese Phan family prepare for the Lunar New Year | © Vu Pham Van / Culture Trip
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Têt, or Lunar New Year, is a time for celebration in Vietnam. Family and friends gather together, often travelling from across the world to be with their loved ones. Bright colours, flowers and fireworks can be seen throughout cities as the celebrations get into full swing. While there’s plenty of time for revelry, Têt is also a time for worship and reflection.

This photo journal will guide you through the rituals of Têt through the eyes of the Phan family, a three-generation Buddhist household in the imperial city of Hue, Vietnam, as they decorate and prepare for the Lunar New Year.

Offerings are laid out in preparation for Têt
Family members and relatives eat together at the Têt reunion lunch
Family members and relatives gather for the Têt reunion lunch
In Hue city especially, bananas are an important fruit for the altars of Buddha and the ancestors
Offerings are prepared the night before, as the family prepares for the celebrations to begin
The altar is prepared for the Têt celebration
Incense and agarwood are burned
Food offerings are made to the ancestors
Thần Tài (the God of Luck) is one of the deities that families make offerings to
Offerings are made to the Gods via burning rituals

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