Recreating Traditional Tet Activities at Thang Long Imperial Citadel

To recreate the traditional Tet festival atmosphere, numerous vintage activities will be organized for both Vietnamese and international visitors to enjoy.


From January 24 to 28, the Thang Long Imperial Citadel will host a re-enactment of traditional Tet activities.

 Young people in traditional costumes make banh chung as a way to recreate Tet atmosphere. Photo: Dinh Lang Viet group

The five-day program, titled Happy Tet 2024, will recreate the traditional activities undertaken by royal and commoner families in ancient Vietnam to prepare for and celebrate the Lunar New Year.

Visitors to the event will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the country’s cultural values, activities, heritage, and renowned destinations through six themed areas: “The Train Going Home”, “A Traditional Hanoi Family”, “Tet in the Central Coastal Region”, “Tet in the South”, “Tet Among Ethnic Peoples”, and “A Culinary Promotion Area”.

The “The Train Going Home” and “A Traditional Hanoi Family” areas will showcase the cultural essence of Hanoi. The former will provide visitors with the nostalgic experience of traveling home by train during Tet. The latter will recreate the customary activities carried out in a typical local household during Tet, such as making and cooking traditional Vietnamese delicacies like banh chung (a sticky rice cake filled with mung beans, pork, and other ingredients) and preparing ceremonial offerings for ancestors.

Additionally, Hanoi authorities will dedicate a section of the event to promote the city’s most iconic attractions, including Long Bien Bridge, Dong Xuan Market, Me Linh Flower Market, West Lake, and the vibrant and bustling Old Quarter.

In the culinary area, visitors will have the opportunity to sample a wide range of dishes prepared by local artisans from different regions across the country.

Other activities scheduled for the five-day event include a photo exhibition, artistic performances, traditional games, and various cultural experiences.

The Happy Tet 2024 program aims to position Hanoi as an appealing destination for overseas Vietnamese and international tourists during the holiday season, foster collaboration and connection between local businesses and their international counterparts, and offer consumers high-quality products and services.

The program is jointly organized by the Hanoi Promotion Agency and the Thang Long Heritage Conservation Center, and is expected to attract the attention and participation of representatives from 100 embassies and international organizations in the city.