For the Vietnamese people, welcoming in a new year is a cause for celebration that lasts much longer than a champagne toast or a ball drop in Times Square. The holiday of Tet is an extended time of celebration that begins on the day of the first new moon of the year and continues for three days. For 2020, the new lunar year began on Jan. 25.
In communities and villages throughout Vietnam, it is traditional for businesses to shut down so that everyone can take three days off to spend with family and friends. In the United States, however, shutting down one’s business for that long of a time isn’t economically feasible. That doesn’t mean the holiday won’t be celebrated with parties and family gatherings. It just means the holiday traditions will have to wait until after work.