Vietnamese Lunar New Year Party

Vietnamese Lunar New Year Party

 

By Emily McCarter

Guests gathered at Bengal Lair Sunday, February 7, to attend the Vietnamese Lunar New Year Party hosted by the MU Vietnamese Student Association.

The 2016 Vietnamese Lunar New Year was actually February 8, but the event was celebrated a day earlier. The party featured Vietnamese culture booths, traditional foods, games, fundraising activities and live performances. Many enjoyed these fun activities, including MU Senior Tiffany Hawkins.

“It’s pretty cool,” Hawkins said. “We’ve just been hanging out. So it’s been fun so far.”

Vietnamese New Year is also known as Tet. Tet is the shortened form of another word meaning “Feast of the First Morning of the First Day”. According to vietnamonline.com, Tet is the biggest and most popular holiday for Vietnam. It also has the longest celebration, which could last up to seven days.

Hai Nguyen, the Vietnamese Student Association President, recognized that people of all cultures and backgrounds can come to celebrate Tet.

“We want to interest you about Vietnamese Lunar New Year,” Nguyen said. “The first day of the year is Lunar New Year. And you see today, all of the guests are Vietnamese and Americans. They want to learn about Vietnamese celebration.”

Vietnamonline.com said Tet is the time for Vietnamese to express their respect for ancestors and welcome in the New Year with their family. Guests at the Lunar New Year Party had a chance to immerse themselves in Vietnamese culture. Duong Pham, a Columbia College Senior Programmer, said a Tet party is always about the good atmosphere.

“It’s like Christmas here in the U.S.,” Pham said. “Families gather together. We eat, give each other nice words and, you know, we have a good time.”

The Vietnamese Lunar New Year is ultimately about appreciating family and looking forward to what the next year has to offer.

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