Tet Han Thuc (Cold Foods Festival) is a traditional festival in Vietnamese which takes place on the 3rd day of the third lunar month in the year. This is occasion for family gathering and remember ancestor.
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.
Here are a few pictures about “banh troi”, “banh chay” :
If you have the opportunity to come to Vietnam on this occasion, try eat this cake to add a new experience to your trip in our country.