The largest holiday of the year in Vietnam is Têt, the lunar new year. There are an insane amount of traditions and festivities that surround the holiday, and because our school is almost entirely Vietnamese students, we go all out for our Têt Celebration. Nearly all of the staff wears the traditional Vietnamese Ao Dao (mine seen here is a bit more modern with a Chinese influence I am told). At the celebration there was singing, a dragon dance, a cook-off, artwork, and several competitions. I even pulled Owen out of his classroom for a little while to see some of the festivities.
One of the traditions for Têt is to give children Lucky Money (lì sì) to wish them good fortune for the next year. Both of the boys got some chocolate Lucky Money from their teachers and now every red envelope that Oliver sees he proclaims "Lucky Money!"
Most Vietnamese families reunite at Têt, which means the larger cities all but shut down with everyone returning to the countryside. Even the markets will close for a minimum of two days--usually four days to an entire week. My students are far more excited about this holiday than they were for the three week break at Christmastime. It's their Christmas and New Year's all wrapped into a few glorious days of family fun. I can't wait to hear about their trips when I see them after the holiday.