Tết is coming!

Tết or VIETNAMESE NEW YEAR marks the biggest and most significant festival in Vietnamese culture. It is an occasion for the Vietnamese people to show their respect to their parents, ancestors as well as welcoming the New Year with the entire family members.
According to the Lunar Calendar, 2018 New Year’s Day falls on Friday February 16th. This year is the year of the Dog.
At UNIS, the Elementary students will have Tết assemblies on Wednesday, February 14th in the theatre. The assemblies are hosted by the grade 1, 3 and 5 Vietnamese language students.  All students are encouraged to wear “Áo dài” on the day.
There are 2 performances scheduled as bellows:
Performance 1 for Grade 2,3,4,5: From 8.25 – 9.05 am
Performance 2 for Grade 1, ECC and parents: From 9.10am – 9.50 am
Parents are warmly invited to join us in the theatre for the second assembly (9.10am) in celebrating this special event.


During this week, all students from ECC up to grade 5 in Vietnamese class have been so busy making Banh Chung – Vietnamese sticky rice for Tet. It is a wonderful learning experience for our UNIS students to explore the tradition of the host country.
Bánh chưng is a traditional Vietnamese sticky rice cake which is made from sticky rice, green beans, pork and dong leaves. Its origin came from the story of Lang Liêu, a prince of Hùng King, who became the next King because of his thoughtful creation of bánh chưng and bánh dày, which symbolized the Earth and the Sky. It is considered as an essential food that every Vietnamese family must have on their altar at Tet time. The making and eating of Bánh Chưng during this time is a well-preserved tradition of Vietnamese people.

We look forward to celebrating Tết with your children.

Vietnamese Teachers
Elementary School World Language Department

Tet Trung Thu (Moon Festival) – Sept 28th


Tết Trung Thu (Moon Festival) is one of the most important festivals in Vietnam, especially for children. Held annually at UNIS Hanoi, the Moon Festival Celebration is a great opportunity for students to learn more about Vietnamese culture and traditions. This year, Elementary School students will have a Tết Trung Thu Celebration in the theatre on Thursday, September 28th 2017. The Assembly is hosted and performed by Grade 2 and Grade 4 students who are attending Vietnamese classes.

The schedule is as follows:
1st Assembly (8.25-9.05) : For G1 – G4 students and teachers
2nd Assembly (9.10-9.50) : For ECC students, teachers and parents
Parents are invited to come and enjoy our 2nd Moon Festival Assembly (9.10am).

After the assembly, students will be provided with a Moon Festival treat and will take part in traditional toy making workshops in their classrooms.

All students and staff are encouraged to wear an “Áo Dài” (Vietnamese traditional dress) on Thursday, September 28th 2017.  You can buy a ready-made Áo Dài or have one made downtown at the clothing shops in the some of the Old Quarter streets such as: Hàng Đào, Lương Văn Can, Hàng Bông, etc.

With good wishes,
Elementary School Vietnamese Teachers