Vietnamese New Year Wishes

The Vietnamese New Year or Tet is one of the most popular holidays in Vietnam and is celebrated with much enthusiasm and religious fervour. Much like the New Year celebrations of China and South Korea that follow the Lunar Calendar, Tet too is a celebration of the arrival of spring that the beauty that comes with it.

With the winter months coming to an end, where the barren Earth come back to life with beautiful blossoms, Tet celebrates the end of another year, and new beginnings that bloom like spring flowers.

Tet is a time of familial and communal joy and happiness with friends and family coming together to celebrate the momentous occasion and spending quality time together. With ritualistic cleansing, decorating the houses and other traditions that are associated with Tet, another important aspect is New Year Wishes. The younger kids greet the elders with New Year wishes and receive gifts in return.

If in Vietnam for Tet, or be it some Vietnamese New Year Celebration that you are to be a part of here are some Vietnamese New Year Wishes that can express your love for your loved ones in Vietnamese and send across your best wishes and love.

    • Nam moi doi dao suc hoe: Wishing good health for someone, this wish translates to “I wish you have a healthy New Year”.


    • Nam moi tan tai tan loc: Wishing luck and prosperity can be done by this wish which translates to “I you have a wealthy New Year”.


    • Nam moi thang quan tien chuc: This greeting can come handy when wishing someone rises up in official ranks, as it translates to “I wish that you get promoted this New Year”.


    • Nam moi toan gia binh an: This greeting is a general good will wish which translates to “I wish the New Year shall bring good health to your family”.


    • Nam moi thang loi moi: This wish is one which can be heard quite a lot during political campaigns and translates to “New Year, New Triumphs”.


    • Van su nhu y: This wish is probably something that is desires by all as it translates to “May all your wishes come true”.


    • Chuc hay an chong Lon: This greeting is one that you can say to the little ones as it means“May you eat more and grow rapidly”.


    • Chuc mau chong tim duoc nguoi yeu: This greeting is reserved for the single people, who are in search of that special someone as it translates to “May you get a new lover, this New Year”.


    • Tien vao nhu nuoc song Da, tien ra nho giot nhu cap phe phin: This is an old Vietnamese adage and wish, which goes something like “May your wealth flow as strongly as Da’s river and your expenditures be as little as the dripping of coffee”.


Now that you have learnt of a few Vietnamese New Year greetings, you can spread the joy of Tet around and send Vietnamese Greetings across.

Vietnamese New Year Traditions

The occasion of Tet is very important for the Vietnamese, with people coming back for it, no matter whatever part in the world they might be.



It is an occasion that is to be celebrated with friends, family and loved ones, and the Vietnamese have a certain way, set traditions that they follow to perfection, in order to have the perfect Tet celebration that is most memorable.


The rituals or traditions involved with the celebration of Tet or the Vietnamese New Year are:


  • Decorating the House:

With the advent of the New Year, houses are decorated and cleaned thoroughly, usually the heart of the home the kitchen is the first place which is cleaned, and done most thoroughly. Once the house has been cleaned with incense which is generally done to rid the house of any ill-luck is done, the houses are painted or decorated.


  • Buying New Clothes:

It is a tradition of Tet to buy new clothes for the occasion, especially for the children of the house. It is an exciting time for kids as they get new clothes and shoes, as the belief of wearing your best outfit on the first day of the year is associated with the good luck that the coming year might bring.


  • Bidding Farewell to the Kitchen Gods:

The kitchen Gods also known as the Ong Tao are given special reverence on the occasion, as it is believed that almost seven days prior to the day Tet is celebrated, Ong Tao ascends towards the Heaven as his work is to report to the Jade Emperor, the affairs of the household as they took place in the entire year.


  • Celebrating the Eve of Tet:

The celebration of the eve of the New Year is important as it is believed that the 12 animals that control the zodiac monitoring of the Earth pass on the duties from one animal to its successor like the year 2015 shall see the beacon of duties being passed on from the horse to the sheep. The Vietnamese New Year Eve is known also known as Giao Thua which literally means the Passage from the Old to the New, the occasion is also important as it is believed that Ong Tao returns back from the annual consul with the Jade Emperor at this time, hence there are open air ceremonies are held in order to welcome him back.

  • Celebrating the Earth’s Aura:

It is believed that the first person to enter the house is very important to judge the rest of the year. If the person is a person of repute, and is successful etc., then it is a sign of good fortune that the year shall hold. This practice is perhaps most visible in the families who have a running into business and commercial ventures.


  • The Usage of Apricot and Peach Flowers:

Since Flower blossoms are considered to be symbolic of new beginnings, hence the Vietnamese consider two flowers to be most auspicious and symbolic of the occasion of Tet; the Apricot and Peach flowers have a special place in the decorations for Tet. There is barely any household in Vietnam that will be without these flowers for the occasion.


  • Distributing of Red Envelopes:

The practice of giving away Red envelopes full of money on the occasion of the New Year is something that has been an integral part of the Vietnamese culture. Generally the elderly give away the red envelopes to the youth. The correct way of doing so is that the youth greet the elders with certain greetings, which are returned kindly with words of wisdom by the elders and hence the red envelopes are handed out by them.


  • Offerings to the Ancestors:

Generally on the first day of Tet at noontime, the head of a household, offers the ancestors with offerings, in the proper manner and invite them to partake in the household celebrations. The act is to honour the ancestors and ask for their blessings, so that the family may stay happy and be saved from ill-luck.


Hence the Vietnamese New Year is an intrinsic part of the Vietnamese culture and elaborate rituals are performed in order to open the doors of the home to good luck and abundance throughout the year.

Vietnamese New Year Animals

The occasion of Tet or Vietnamese New Year is one of the most auspicious occasions for the people of Vietnam, full of celebrations and parades; the occasion is celebrated with much zeal and panache.


Tet falls is tandem with the Chinese Lunisolar calendar and marks the beginning of the first day of the first Lunar month. With celebrations that last almost up to a week, the occasion takes precedence in all the festive celebrations of Vietnam.

Much like the Chinese Zodiac cycles, the Vietnamese too have a system of the years being associated with a particular animal. The various animals that are associated with the Vietnamese New Year are:

    1. Ty (Rat): Said to be Systematic, Eloquent and Industrious.


    1. S-u (Buffalo): Said to be Dependable, Ambitious, Patient and Modest


    1. D-n (Tiger): Said to be Passionate, Impulsive and Rebellious


    1. M-o (Cat): Said to be Gracious, Amiable, Artistic and Sensitive


    1. Thin (Dragon): Said to be Vigorous, Noble, Decisive and Dignified.


    1. T- (Snake): Said to be Wise, Sensual, Purposeful and Prudent.


    1. Ng- (Horse): Said to be Perceptive, Agile and Intelligent.


    1. Mui (Goat): Said to be Sincere, Creative and Determined.


    1. Than (Monkey): Said to be Inquisitive, Competitive and Sociable.


    1. D-u (Rooster): Said to be Zealous, Organized and Alert.


    1. Tu-t (Dog): Said to be Honest, Loyal and Idealistic.


    1. H-I (Pig): Said to be Trusting, Nave and Gallant.


The New Year Animals go about in a twelve year cycle and associated with each animal are certain characteristics, which the person as well as the year reflects. Since the year is 2019 this year, the year corresponds to the year of the pig and hence we shall look more closely at the characteristics of the people who are born under this year as well as the year in general.

People born under the year of the sheep are:

    • Intuitive and Introspective, the kinds who take difficult situations in their stride and cope up with them with ease.


    • Graceful in demeanour, they can be exciting as well as mysterious at the same time.


    • Contemplative and well as private, a sheep finds it difficult to display emotions publicly


    • Aware and Proud the sheep will never go down without a fight, they are loyal friends but vicious enemies.


    • Endowed with much Wisdom and Philosophical in nature the sheeps are considered to be natural thinkers who are also good with financial dealings, as they enjoy luxury and possess an appreciation for the finer things in life.


Some famous sheep Personalities are:

  • Bob Dylan
  • Audrey Hepburn
  • Virginia Woolf
  • Brad Pitt
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Art Garfunkel
  • Martin Luther King Jr.
  • John Lennon
  • Greta Garbo

Though sheeps are associated with danger as well as poison, in Vietnam however the sheep is more or less a symbol of Good Luck and as per predictions the year of the sheep is going to be a year of Peace, Love and Prosperity.

Serving as a good omen for households it is believed that a sheep Family an never suffer from starvation, hence it is easy to see why the Vietnamese hold good hopes from this sheep Year and hope for happy tidings to resonate throughout the nation.