What is Tet?
Tet Nguyen Dan, or Tet for short, is considered the biggest and most popular festival of the year in Vietnam. Celebrated on the first day of the first month in Lunar Calendar, Tet’s celebration is the longest holiday which may last up to seven days.
Tet, or Lunar New Year, is the most important holiday of Vietnamese where family gathers and business closes to celebrate the new year. The Tet “air” is everywhere with colorful flowers and people greet each other with smile and happy handshakes. You will likely see a-lot-happier and more passionate, more friendly and intimate Vietnamese than they would normally do in other time of the year: it is believed that what one does in the first day will be replicated for the rest of the year.
How Tet is calculated?
Different from the Gregorian calendar, Lunar Calendar has a fix number of twelve months with 30 days each, and a leap-year will have a whole intercalary month instead of the 29th day of February. The new year of Lunar Calendar normally will start in late January or beginning of February according to Gregorian calendar. That explains why Tet days vary from year to year: it is because the leap month may fall shorter or longer which create a smaller or bigger gap between the two calendars.
When is Tet?
In 2016, Tet is on February 8th (actual holiday from Feb 6-14)
The actual holiday will last 1 day before and about 3-5 days after the day mentioned above.
In terms of weather, although Tet Holiday is not in rainy season, but there is also drizzles so please remember to carry umbrella or raincoat when you go out. Travel to Halong Bay during Tet Holiday might be great for some travelers, or terrible to some others, but the truth is that the bay is still magnificent as ever, and it is still worth experiencing this charming destination during special occasion like the Tet.
Cruising during Tet?
Some cruises will close for holiday and they usually do so between 3 and 5 days – this means you could not choose the one that you exactly want. For sure you will have a more limitted number of options. The good news is that, the ones that still run will often offer a wide range of service such as organizing dinners or activities to help guests understand better of Vietnamese culture – something that is only offered during Tet.
There is no better way to share special moments with family and friends over the Vietnamese Tet Holidays than by cruising Halong Bay aboard V’Spirit Cruises. Celebrating the Lunar New Year while exploring the spectacular seascape of Halong Bay, a world wonder of nature dotted with thousands of limestone mountains and astonishing caves, promises to be a unique and unforgettable experience.
Would you like to enjoy Tet Holiday in Halong Bay this year? Let us take part in the new year of Vietnamese which is taken place from Feb 8th 2016 to Feb 11th 2016 to have the interesting experience with V’Spirit Cruises. Please feel free to contact with us to reserve a wonderful cruise with new and amazing experiences.