Dao people in Binh Lieu enjoy early Tet
As a long-lasting custom, the Dao people in Binh Lieu mountainous district often enjoy their Tet holiday since the middle of the last lunar month each year.
Binh Lieu district, which is often compared to Sa Pa township in Lao Cai province, has a pristine natural beauty and unique cultural features of the Dao, Tay, Nung, and San Chi ethnic groups. From Binh Lieu town, we drove about 10 km on a twisty track past large terraced fields to Dong Tam, a border commune where Dao people inhabit.
Every year, when peach blosooms start to bloom in the middle of the last lunar month, the Dao prepare for their Tet earlier than other ethnic groups.
The most important custom during their Tet is a reunion meal at the house of the head of a clan. This person is in charge of worshipping the clan's ancestors. Each involved family will bring offerings (chicken, pork, wine, sticky rice, incense, yellow paper...) to celebrate Tet together.
It is said by local people that they feel really happy to preserve this age-old custom and it reminds them of the origin and significance of family reunion and cultural preservation.