Happy Vietnamese New Year!

Vietnamese people all over the world welcome in the Year of the Cat with the Tet Festival.  In 2011, the festival begins on 3 February and officially lasts three days, but festivities often begin a week beforehand and continue for up to two weeks afterwards, with plenty of eating, drinking and social activities.  Gifts of food are made to friends, neighbours and relatives in the days before Tet and it is also a time for family reunions, and for paying respects to ancestors and grandparents.

Although the festival is celebrated on the same day as the Chinese New Year, the Vietnamese zodiac is slightly different from the Chinese one, where the Year of the Rabbit will be welcomed in.

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