It takes place from the first day of the first month of the Vietnamese calendar (around late January or early February) until at least the third day.

Many Vietnamese prepare for Tết by cooking special holiday food and cleaning the house.

Tết is also an occasion for pilgrims and family reunions.

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They consider Tết to be the first day of spring, and the festival is often called Hội xuân (spring festival).

Vietnamese people usually return to their families during Tết.

Some return to worship at the family altar or visit the graves of their ancestors in their homeland.

They also clean the graves of their family as a sign of respect.

This tradition is called mừng tuổi (happy new age) in the north and lì xì in the south.

Usually, children wear their new clothes and give their elders the traditional Tết greetings before receiving the money.

The first day of Tết is reserved for the nuclear family.

Children receive a red envelope containing money from their elders.

Also, public performances are given for everyone to watch.

These celebrations can last from a day up to the entire week, and the New Year is filled with people in the streets trying to make as much noise as possible using firecrackers, drums, bells, gongs, and anything they can think of to ward off evil spirits.

Children are free to spend their new money on toys or on gambling games such as bầu cua cá cọp, which can be found in the streets.