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Vietnamese Tet (Lunar New Year) Festival

The student Vietnamese Language and Culture club continues its traditional Tet extravaganza.

Sunday, February 03, 2008
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Ackerman Grand Ballroom
UCLA Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Doors open: 5:30 p.m.
Food and games: 6:00 p.m.
Show: 7:00 - 9:30 p.m.

Tet Nguyên Ðán, more commonly known by its shortened name Tet, is the most important and popular holiday and festival in Vietnam. It is the Vietnamese New Year which is based on the Chinese calendar, a lunisolar calendar. The name Tet Nguyên Ðán is Sino-Vietnamese for Feast of the First Morning, derived from Hán nôm characters.

Tet is celebrated on the same day as the Chinese New Year though exceptions arise due to the one-hour time difference between Hanoi and Beijing. Tet shares many of the same customs of its Chinese counterpart. It is celebrated from the first day of the first month of the Chinese calendar (around late January or early February) until at least the third day. Many Vietnamese prepare for Tet by cooking special holiday foods and cleaning the house. On Tet, Vietnamese visit their families and temples, forgetting about the troubles of the past year and hoping for a better upcoming year. Tet traditionally marks the coming of Spring, so Spring (Xuân) is sometimes used interchangeably with Tet in Vietnamese.

For the past couple of years, in an effort to keep the Vietnamese spirit alive at UCLA, VNLC  has hosted an on-campus Tet Festival Celebration.  Tet at UCLA consists of talent performances, martial arts, fashion shows, skits and lots of Vietnamese food!

Contact our Tet Coordinators Philip Long Phi Nguyen (714.204.9447), Lan Nguyen (619.265.6007), Nancy Pham (208.275.9574), or Hong Van Nguyen (714.230.9340) if you would like some more info on helping out with the Tet Festival whether its with decorations, fashion show, traditional dance or martial arts.

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Parking at UCLA costs $8.

Cost : Free and open to the public.


Sponsor(s): Center for Southeast Asian Studies, UCLA Vietnamese Language and Culture club, the Campus Programs Committee, and the Undergraduate Student Association Council.

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