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Differences between Hanoi's Tet and Saigon's Tet

It seems like Tet in Saigon is simpler than Tet in Hanoi. Saigon people love to travel while Hanoi people like to meet their family.

 

Climate: During Tet holiday, it’s cold and rainy in the North. And in the South, the weather is dry and there is sunshine. This results in a flagrant difference of dressing between the two cities.

 

 

Floral decoration: the peach blossom in the north (pink flowers). The apricot flower in the south (yellow flowers).

 

 

Tet cake: Basically, two cakes with the same ingredients. Banh Chung in the North shaped as a square, Banh Tet in the South shaped as a cylinder.

 

 

Appetizers: Hanoi people like salted and fermented onions. The Saigonese love salted and fermented bean sprouts.

 

 

Taboo: Hanoi people avoid eating eggs during Tet holiday, due to their shape similar to the number Zero. While the Saigonese consume caramel pork with eggs.

 

 

Soup: Pork Skin soup in the North and stuffed bitter cucumbers soup in the South.

 

Fruit Platter: In the North, the banana is a symbol of happiness just like the other 4 spring fruits. But in the South, the banana means failure in work or study.

 

 

Worship: the Hanoi people catch a carp to worship during Tet and releases it once they finish the ceremony. The Saigonese do not have this type of custom.

 

 

Home: Hanoi people invite you to take a cup of green jasmine tea. The Saigonese invite you to take with them an alcoholic drink.

 

 

Tet: Southern people travel a lot during Tet holiday, while in the North, they prefer to spend time with their family.

 


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