LUNAR NEW YEAR
Known as Tết Nguyên Đán in Vietnamese, the Lunar New Year celebrates the spring equinox and the beginning of a new lunar calendar year.
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VHC Lunar New Year Celebration, 2017
Photography: Eric Trường & Paul Đô
About The Vietnamese Lunar New Year
The Lunar New Year (Tết Nguyên Đán, often shortened to Tết) is the biggest national holiday in Vietnam and celebrates the arrival of spring and the first day of the new lunar year. Vietnamese citizens take off work and school for 1-2 weeks and participate in a variety of special activities, such as preparing bánh chưng and bánh dày - two traditional dishes steeped in legend - and paying respects to ancestors, visiting neighbors with gifts and well-wishes, giving lucky money (lì xì), and beginning new endeavors. Peach and apricot trees are decorated with lucky trinkets and ornaments, homes are given a thorough spring cleaning, and outstanding debts are paid off. To ring in the new year, fireworks will go off at midnight, and there will often be parades, performances, and fun activities in the city center for community members to enjoy.
HOW VHC CELEBRATES
The Vietnam Heritage Center celebrates Tết at "The Cave", located under St. George's Episcopal Church in Stuyvesant Square, NYC. We offer a variety of performances, children's activities, cultural learning opportunities, and traditional food for guests to enjoy.