Tet Han Thuc (Cold Food Festival) is a traditional festival of Vietnamese which takes place on the 3rd day of the third lunar month in the year. This is the occasion for family gathering to remember ancestors.
What People Do in Tet Han Thuc
On that day, all family’s members, even living or working far from home will come home to make “banh troi” and “banh chay” together.
They are two traditional cakes of Tet Han Thuc in Vietnam. “Banh troi” are spheres made of glutinous rice flour with piece of sugar inside. “Banh chay” are bigger than “banh troi” and have sweet green bean inside instead of sugar. After having done, people will put “banh troi” and “banh chay” on a tray on altar to offer ancestor. Then the householder will burn incense to invite ancestor enjoy Tet Han Thuc with family. When the liturgy of ancestor worship ended, all family will eat “banh troi” and “banh chay” together. “Banh troi” has usually some coconut fibers and sesame, meanwhile “banh chay” has sweet broth.
Food in Tet Han Thuc
In some regions of Vietnam, besides “banh troi” and “banh chay” on Tet Han Thuc, people also make “banh rom”. “Banh rom” is quite similar to characteristics of “banh chay”. If the shell cake is glutinous rice flour, inside comes with sweet green bean paste. This type of cake is usually wrapped by a piece of banana leaf.