The title of Vietnamese Language and Culture's 12th annual Vietnamese Tet Festival is Hanh Huong Don Xuan, or Spring's Blessings.
The theme "Spring's Blessings" focuses on customs and traditions of welcoming the New Year with fortuity, prosperity, and harmony that are not practiced or well known to the current generation. The program will also showcase the differences and commonalities between Tet celebrations in the United States and Vietnam. Throughout the duration of the program, a skit based on the story of a family and their struggles during preparations for the New Year will run in between each performance. In the skit, a Vietnamese-American will come back to Vietnam to find that the celebration of Tet is dissimilar to what he experiences over in the United States and learn why certain traditions are practiced.
There will be a variety of other performances each displaying a pertinent aspect of Tet. Performances include: an opening chorus, a dance by the Saturday Vietnamese Tutorial students, instrumentals, a duet and group singing, traditional dance, contemporary dance, Ho Dai Dap poetry, a performance about the legend of the So Tao Quan, lion dance and martial arts, and a fashion show. During intermission there will be an actual festival filled with artwork, traditional treats eaten during Tet, and traditional Tet games.
This event is a project of the student group Vietnamese Language and Culture (VNLC) and is co-sponsored by a variety of campus organization.
Cost: Free and open to the public.
Parking in UCLA's Lot 6 costs $8.
Sponsor(s): Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Vietnamese Language and Culture (VNLC)