LESSON 24 - TET NGUYEN DAN (28012019)


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Vietnam’s New Year is officially known as Tet Nguyen Dan, or Tet. It begins between January twenty-first and February nineteenth. The exact date changes from year to year.

Tet lasts ten days. The first three days are the most important. Vietnamese people believe that how people act during those days will influence the whole year. As a result, they make every effort to avoid arguments and smile as much as possible.

Many Vietnamese people prepare for the holiday by paying their debts and cleaning their homes. Some people believe that different gods live in their homes. They say these gods watch over and protect family members.


Just before the first day of Tet, the mother or grandmother in each family lights a firecracker. This is done to welcome the New Year. Then people go to sleep and wait for the sun to rise. At sunrise, they get up and put on new clothes. Rice cake is a popular New Year’s food.

Like people in Scotland, Vietnamese people believe that the first person through the door on New Year’s Day brings either good or bad luck. Children receive gifts of money, as they do in other countries. Some Vietnamese families give money or other gifts to visitors during the holiday.


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Traveling with your pets can be time-consuming and expensive, but people like Catherine Zhao say their pets are not just animals, and leaving them behind is out of the question (không thể bàn đến; không thể được).

"It's a rather natural thing for me, to just include the dogs wherever we go."

Pet relocation (sự di chuyển tới / bố trí lại) services are often costly.

As such, more educated pet owners are able to save a lot of money by just going through the process themselves. (as such = theo đúng nghĩa / hiểu thông thường / như vậy)

"Services would have at least cost over 10,000 yuan. We thought we could do it more cheaply ourselves and it turned out we could. For us to do it, it cost under 3,000. But then again that we had the time, we have planned ahead. And I'm sure if you're running out of time or like you just were busy with other things, then, of course, I can see that they could be very helpful for you."

For those determined to take their pets with them when they travel, experts are recommending they become educated.

Mary Peng, founder of Beijing-based International Center for Veterinary Services, says they hold monthly workshops to try to train people how to travel with their animals.

"Families that, until they found us, until they came to attend the sessions, they may have not considered taking their pets with them because they heard so much information of the complexity or they were so intimidated by the potential cost. And what's really rewarding, I think, is that we see the number of animals that do go on to travel with their families to their next destination countries has been increasing over the last 10 years."

Pets often require more documentation for international travel than humans, including proof of vaccination, health certificates, and government-issued documents of approval.

Countries in the European Union, New Zealand, and Australia are among the most strict when it comes to bringing in animals.

Composed & Edited by Lê Quốc An

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