The Vietnamese New Year, Tet Nguyen Dan, follows the same lunar calendar that governs Chinese New Year celebrations worldwide. So on the same day, the world celebrates Chinese New Year, the people of Vietnam celebrate Tet.
The Vietnamese consider Tet to be the most important one in their considerable festival lineup. Family members gather in their hometowns, traveling from across the country (or the world) to spend the Tet holidays in each other's company.
Tet Nguyen Dan translates literally to "the first morning of the first day of the new year". Long before Tet, Vietnamese try to get rid of any "bad fortune" by cleaning their homes, buying new clothes, resolving disputes, and paying their debts. Vietnamese spend Tet engrossed in the following activities.