Tet is a unique tradition celebrated by Vietnamese people for thousands of years. It has been passed down through generations and holds deep cultural and spiritual significance.

In today’s modern world, there are debates about whether the Lunar New Year should be combined with the Gregorian New Year or even removed as a national holiday. However, the Lunar New Year, also known as Tet, has a rich history intertwined with the nation’s development and defense.

Tet symbolizes new beginnings and reunions. It is a time for people to let go of the past year’s worries and sorrows and welcome the new year with joy and excitement. Cultural researcher Prof. Dr. Nguyen Khac Thuan believes that Tet brings about positivity and hope in Vietnamese culture.

Removing Tet from the list of national holidays is often seen as an economic waste by some. However, this perspective fails to acknowledge the cultural value of Tet and its role in stimulating domestic consumption and promoting trade exchanges. Tet presents a golden opportunity for businesses to meet the increasing demand for Tet items.

Tet presents a golden opportunity for businesses to stimulate consumption to meet people’s increasing demand for Tet items.

Dr. Nghiem Thi Thu Nga from the Institute of Culture and Development argues against the idea of combining the Lunar New Year with the Gregorian New Year. In her opinion, the focus should be on how to celebrate Tet in a meaningful way and preserve its cultural significance.

Tet is a time for people to reconnect with their roots and look forward to a prosperous year ahead. It exemplifies the optimistic spirit of the Vietnamese people and their tradition of exchanging well wishes.

Cultural researcher Dr. Dinh Duc Tien emphasizes the importance of developing both the economy and culture in harmony. By preserving the traditional cultural value of Tet, the nation can achieve sustainable development and retain its cultural and spiritual life.

Tet is the time for family reunion. In the photo, Vietnamese expatriates return home for the holiday at Tan Son Nhat International Airport. (Photo: nld.com.vn)

Culture is an integral part of a country’s identity. If the cultural identity is lost, the country loses itself. The recent recognition of the Lunar New Year as an annual UN floating holiday further highlights the importance of preserving traditional Asian culture. This recognition is the result of coordinated efforts by countries, including Vietnam, at the UN. It is a positive development for the nearly two billion people worldwide who consider the Lunar New Year as the most important holiday.

With the UN’s recognition, there should be no argument about abandoning the Lunar New Year. This decision provides a strong foundation for Vietnam to continue preserving and passing down the traditional cultural value of the Lunar New Year to future generations.