Metropolitan Community College Presents
Vietnamese New Year Celebration
Year of the Dragon
In collaboration with the Vietnamese Friendship Association of Omaha
Sunday, February 18, 2024
6-9:30 p.m. CST
Celebrate the Lunar New Year with Vietnamese music, food and cultural entertainment
VIETNAMESE NEW YEAR INFO
Tet Nguyen Dan is a way of saying Lunar New Year in Vietnam, and it literally means, “the first morning of the first day of the New Year”. It is one of the most important festivals for the Vietnamese people and is a national holiday as well. The locals in Vietnam usually spend this day having a good time with family and friends. Tet arrives with the first day of spring in Vietnam and is the busiest time in the country.
Tet holidays are based on the lunisolar calendar of the Chinese. So, the dates change every year for the Lunar New Year / Tet. However, it usually falls in the months of late-January or early-February.
Tet Nguyen Dan is celebrated for three consecutive days, unlike the Chinese New Year which is observed for fifteen days. During Tet, the locals observe a few traditions for a whole week. They usually celebrate the first day with family. The second day is spent on visiting friends. And the last and final day of Tet is celebrated by them by visiting temples, paying respect to their ancestors by offering ‘Ngu Qua’ (five kinds of fruits) at their family altar, and paying respect to their teachers.
Tet is basically that time of the year when the locals are up for a fresh start, forgiving and forgetting the past! They settle their debts, forgive old grumbles and clean their houses from all the clutter. This is the time when they make way for all the good luck and fortune to arrive in their lives and hope for a better upcoming year. As it’s a national holiday, all local shops and businesses will be closed. People get busy weeks in advance to buy gifts, groceries and clothes and take care of all other preparations.
DATE: Saturday, February 4, 2023
TIME: 7-10:30 p.m. CST
Metropolitan Community College, South Omaha Campus, CAM Building, Conference Center Room 120
2909 Edward Babe Gomez Ave. Omaha, NE 68107
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