Seattle Vietnamese Lunar New Year Guide

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Tet In Seattle will be happening on February 3 and 4, 2024, at the Armory Food & Event Hall and Fisher Pavilion.  This will be a celebration of the Vietnamese Lunar New Year.  It is free and open to the public

Celebrate the Year of the Dragon.  Tet is short for Tet Nguyen Dan which is the Vietnamese Lunar New Year and the most important holiday in Vietnam.

Vietnamese New Year falls on February 10, 2024, in the Gregorian Calendar.  Tet is not only the transition moment between the old year and the new year, between the cycle of heaven and earth and the life of all things.  It is also a time for people to show respect to ancestors and parents and reunite with family.

Chung cake, aka Tet cake, is essential at a Tet feast in New Year meals.  Cleaning and decorating the house is believed to wipe out bad luck and old things and to welcome good luck.

Tet in Seattle celebrates the cultural roots and traditions of Vietnamese Lunar New Year.  For the two days of the festival, guests get a glimpse of the Vietnamese spirit through arts, music, hands on experiences and performances.  You can enjoy traditional Vietnamese food, lion dances and a curated ao dai fashion show. 

Tet in Seattle (TIS) is a nonprofit organization, founded to celebrate and preserve Vietnamese heritage and culture in Seattle.

If you’d like to attend the festival and look the part, check out Vietnamese clothing for women and Vietnamese clothing for men.

Vietnamese Cuisine

If you liked the food at the festival and want to learn more about Vietnamese cooking, try these cookbooks.  And use our links to see how much money you can save on them.

Or you could enjoy Vietnamese cuisine in the 10 Best Vietnamese Restaurants in Seattle as chosen by the users of TripAdvisor.

  1. Tamarind Tree
  2. Ba Bar Capitol Hill
  3. Monsoon
  4. Pho Viet Anh
  5. Square Lotus
  6. Thuy’s
  7. Meekong Bar
  8. Pho Bac
  9. Ba Sa
  10. Papaya Vietnamese Cafe

If you love Vietnamese food and you’re unable to get to these restaurants one night, you can get food from Meekong Bar delivered by DoorDash.  Check out their menu.

Discounted Seattle Hotels

If you’d like to visit Seattle for Tet In Seattle, you should consider these hotels.  They are all offering discounted rates which can save you money on your stay.