In many years, the lives of people in the whole country in general and those in the Central region in particular has been improved dramatically when they have more fortunes and enjoy heathier lives. However, customs and traditions of people here are always presevered. For them, when the new lunar year comes, all family must have Banh Tet, Nem Chua, pork meat soaked in vinegar…People in the region haven’t also given any explanations for the presentation of these foods in this festivals as sympbols of Tet Holiday for a long time. They only know that these are traditions and customs passed away from this generation to other ones.
Especially in the Central region, perhaps people in Hue have the most sophisticated ways to process and prepare traditional dishes for worshiping their ancestors and welcoming their guests for this special festival. Because of the origin of an ancient capital, the cuisines in Hue are so very finical in processing and displaying meals in comparison with any other places. On the basic of the tradition of simple dishes in the whole central region, Tet meals in Hue still sound splendid thanks to the skillful hands of the women here. Banh Tet is wrapped in dark green leaf and shows the flavour of sticky rice when the rice is soaked in the water pressed from leaves of vegetable shrinkage; corn beef soaked in vinegar and fish sauce sliced in small pieces which look like fresh brown leaf eaten with sweet cucumbers. Especially in the meals of the people of Hue, Banh Tet, cumcumbers, corn beef soaked in vinegar...sare always served with a small cup of sour shrimps.
Just like in the North and the South, the Central people prepare for Tet from 20th Lunar December. At this time, the streets begin bustling, crowded with people who go shopping, the family atmosphere is hustle and funny to clean and decorate their houses. Tet is welcomed everywhere.
In the similar way of other parts of the country, people here will make a meal for saying goodbye to the old year and worshiping their ancestors on the 30th December in Lunar Calendar, then the whole family gather to eat meals in order to leave old things in this year and welcome the new year. In Central areas, depending on different circumstances, the tray will include pork meat, chicken, or both of these, stir-fries dishes, soups...But there is a difference in this tradittion between the North and the Central region. Offerings for New Year’s Eve must include a carpon in the North while in the Central areas, this meal for New Year’s Eve simply consists of some fruits and cakes, jams and tea. In the mind of people here, Eve's tray has some items for a light day of the new year so they should receive something elevated and sweet...
Although residents in the Central region are not as fussy in the ritual worship of the ancestors, the heaven and the earth as those in the North, they don’t have as many their various dishes in Tet as in the North and the South, their customs, habits and traditions of the Central people are also very unique, attractive and contribute to the diversity of Tet Nguyen Dan (Tet Holiday) in Vietnam.