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.

 
Traditional fan dance, VHC Lunar New Year 2017 Photographer: Eric Trường

Traditional fan dance, VHC Lunar New Year 2017
Photographer: Eric Trường

 

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. 

Traditional food, VHC Lunar New Year 2017 Photographer: Eric Trường

Traditional food, VHC Lunar New Year 2017
Photographer: Eric Trường

 

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You can purchase tickets to attend the VHC Lunar New Year celebration; sign up for our newsletter to stay up-to-date on VHC news and ticket sales. Become a sponsor, volunteer your time and talents, or make a donation to support our cultural events. 

 

VHC Lunar New Year, 2016
Photography: Paul Đô

 
 

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