Celebrating Tết – Vietnamese New Year
Tết is the biggest event in the Vietnamese calendar, whether you are in Vietnam or elsewhere in the world, families get together and celebrate. It is one big and long party, Tết celebrations can last from a day up to the entire week.
The tết date changes from year to year as it takes place on the first day of the first month of the Lunar Calendar, this year tết falls on the 10th of February 2013. During tết the streets are filled with people trying to make as much noise as possible using firecrackers, drums, bells, gongs, to ward off evil spirits.
2013 is the year of the Snake! Those born in the Year of the Snake are from the following years: 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013. Their personality traits can include intuitiveness and wisdom.
Here are some traditional greetings you can say:
Chúc mừng năm mới (Happy New Year)
Sống lâu trăm tuổi (Long life of 100 years): used by children for elders
An khang thịnh vượng (Security, good health, and prosperity)
Vạn sự như ý (May myriad things go according to your will)
Sức khỏe dồi dào (Plenty of health)
Cung hỉ phát tài (Congratulations and be prosperous)
Here are the locations of festivals around Melbourne, I will be heading to Footscray this Sunday with my extended family and friends to celebrate the start of a wonderful new year.
Come along and experience street food at its best:
1. Vietnamese Lunar New Year at Hopkins St, Footscray (Sun 20th Jan 2013): 10am-10pm.
2. Vietnamese Lunar New Year at Victoria Street, Richmond (Sun 27th Jan 2013): 10am-10pm
3. Vietnamese Lunar New Year at Sandown Race Course: (Sat-Sun, 26th-27th Jan 2013): 9am-10pm. Two days of fun!
4. Vietnamese Lunar New Year at Buckingham Ave, Springvale (Sun 3rd Feb 2013): 9am-10pm
5. Vietnamese Lunar New Year at Buddhist Temple Chua Quang Minh, Burke St, Braybrook (Sat 9th Feb 2013): 2pm-midnight- New Year’s Eve
6. Chinese New Year Festival at China Town, Little Bourke Street (Sun 10th Feb 2013): 9am-10pm- New Year’s Day
During the Dragon’s Awakening Ceremony, the Dragon will parade through the streets of Melbourne starting in Little Bourke Street from 12.30pm.
Chúc mừng năm mới- Happy New Year!
Lady Rice xx
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