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An editorial by Amanda Thơ Phạm and Linda Ha, featuring Kaarem outfits for Tết.
Tết is a time to gather, pay respects to ancestors, welcome Spring and celebrate the New Year. We carry on the rich traditions of Tết to celebrate and connect with our Vietnamese heritage. In moments where the future seems uncertain, connecting to our past gives us an opportunity to find a light to move forward.
To celebrate a fresh beginning to the year, many Vietnamese people wear new clothes to celebrate Tết. It is thought that bright colors like red, yellow or blue can bring good luck and prosperity to people for the upcoming year.
In preparations for the New Year, many families decorate their homes with colorful flowers. Hoa mai is most common in the southern region of Vietnam while hoa đào is popular in the North.
Bánh chưng is the soul of Tết, and making them is an ideal way to express gratitude to our ancestors and homeland. Bánh chưng, with its square-shape representing the Earth, is used as offerings on Lunar New Year’s Eve and to be shared with friends and family.
Placing a "five-fruit tray" on the ancestral altar during Tết symbolizes the admiration and gratitude of the Vietnamese to Heaven and Earth and our ancestors. It also demonstrates our aspiration for a life of plenty.
It isn’t a celebration without some rounds of Bầu cua tôm cá! This is a simple dice game with animal figures for lucky gambling.
For Lunar New Year, we are excited to introduce the Tết Collection, featuring reusable Bao Lì Xì / Lucky Lì Xì Silk Envelope Pouches and Dây Câu Chúc / Hand-Embroidered Lunar New Year Wish Trinkets, which symbolize peace and goodness.
SAIGON—We are beyond thrilled to bring Australian-Vietnamese chef / person of the world, Bao La, back for another pop-up at Que! This edition, Bao created a Lunar New Year’s Eve Reunion Dinner menu for Tất Niên Tết. A little bit decadent—this feast is intended to be shared with friends and family; to celebrate the end of the year and bring good wishes for the year ahead <3.
We are excited to be part of Abacus Row's Lunar New Year Pop-Up in San Francisco! Save the dates: February 3-26th! A pop-up of symbolic goods to prepare for the new year and to celebrate the arrival of spring. Alongside the release of Abacus Row's limited Lunar New Year collection, they've curated a shop of florals, fruits, apparel (Kaarem!), accessories and festive home goods to express hopeful and auspicious wishes for the year ahead. Shaped by the rituals and customs of our Vietnamese and Chinese heritages, our lunar new year pop-up is our own expression of these traditions.