Happy TET everyone to our Vietnamese friends and to KCC’s relatives by marriage. The Vietnamese are some of the finest people your blogger has ever known and they cherish their freedoms more than anyone else.
The Vietnamese that live and work here in the United States fought hard against the Communists, and then had to fight for their lives trying to escape their former nation. Many did not survive but those who did are now spread all over the world.
Americans may only know of the TET Offensive, but it’s actually the biggest holiday of the year in Vietnam. Your blogger married into a Vietnamese family and her son is 1/4 Vietnamese, so we celebrate TET. Your blogger’s mother-in-law became an American citizen in 1976, and she has her citizenship papers proudly framed in her home.
TET is celebrated in other *Oriental nations as the Lunar New Year. In Vietnam, it is the Year of the Cat, based on a 12-year cycle:
Future TET Lunar New Years Days
|Year of the…||Gregorian Calendar|
|Cat||Feb 03, 2011|
|Dragon||Jan 23, 2012|
|Snake||Feb 10, 2013|
|Horse||Jan 31, 2014|
|Goat||Feb 19, 2015|
|Monkey||Feb 08, 2016|
|Rooster||Jan 28, 2017|
|Dog||Feb 16, 2018|
|Pig||Feb 05, 2019|
|Rat||Jan 25, 2020|
TET is celebrated with fireworks, a long week off, the passing of cash in small red envelopes by adults, etc. When American relatives visit Vietnam, they often give cash to adults, as well as the children, as the Americans are much better off under our system of capitalism. Other symbols of TET can be found here.
(China, another country that celebrates the Lunar New Year, deems this the year of the rabbit. )
Many of the brave men and women who fought in the Vietnam war, remember TET as an “offensive” began by the North Vietnamese in 1968, and designed to end the war with a single blow.
It was won by the United States, but lost in the liberal/mainstream media. TET was supposed to be a day of cease fire and celebration, but according to your blogger’s late father-in-law, who was there at the time, that all changed.
The North Vietnamese Communists had recruited people in the South who blended in. South Vietnamese could easily tell who was from the North from their mannerisms, eating habits, and accents. It was much harder for American troops. The Communists from the North used loyalists living in South Vietnam to form the Vietcong.
According to KCC’s father-in-law, in preparation for the TET Offensive, the Vietcong had secretly stockpiled weapons in cemeteries (including caskets buried in fake graves), homes, and other places all over Saigon and South Vietnam, yet North Vietnam signed a two-day ceasefire with South Vietnam to observe the holiday and both announced that on national broadcasts in advance. The Communists had no honor.
Early on the morning of January 31, 1968, when your blogger’s husband was just a year old, the Vietcong, aided by the North Vietnamese military, rose up and attacked. U.S. journalists had never seen fighting before and reported it as a loss for the United States, when in fact, it was a decisive win.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Tet was a particularly crushing defeat for the VC.
It virtually ended the existence of the Vietcong, and galvanized the unity of nearly all South Vietnamese people with the United States and each other.
Yet, 1972 Presidential candidate George McGovern admitted that he did not want the United States to win the war.
Check out: How the Media Lied about the TET Offensive by Vietnam Vietnam Veterans for Academic Reform
Also: The Lies of TET by the Wall Street Journal
And: How wrong was Walter Cronkite about the Tet Offensive? About as wrong as can be. by The End Zone
*Your blogger has always been told that “rugs are oriental, but people are not.” KCC learned this was incorrect from people from Southeastern Asia, herself. After talking with many Vietnamese family members and friends, they all agreed that they don’t care if people refer to them as “Oriental”. After all, they are from the part of the world known as the orient.
The politically correct movement doesn’t want you to know this but you have now been informed.