Tet Holiday of Thai people

Following are traditional Tet holiday customs of the Thai ethnic minority in Vietnam. Each Vietnamese ethnic group has its own festivals, customs, beliefs and cultural practice. The Tet festival of the Thai people lasts about half a month, during which time many exciting cultural and community activities take place.

The Thai people in Son La and Lai Chau Provinces have a Têt season. The first one is Soong Sip Têt (New Rice Têt): when the rice is ripe in the field, the Thai people kill buffaloes and pigs, and cook new rice to make the offerings.

After Soong Sip Têt, they have Kim Mao Lao Têt (Drinking Têt), Ong Tao Têt (Kitchen God Têt) and Nen Buon Tien Têt (Nguyen Dan Têt). The most joyful festival is the Xoe Thai dancing festival which lasts until the middle of January.

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