Vietnamese New Year Celebration sponsored by the student group Vietnamese Language and Culture (VNLC) -- 2010 theme: Huong Sac Mua Xuan (The Way Home)
Tết Nguyên Đán, more commonly known by its shortened name Tết, 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 Tết Nguyên Đán is Sino-Vietnamese for Feast of the First Morning, derived from the Hán nôm characters 節元旦.
Tết 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. Tết 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). Many Vietnamese prepare for Tết by cooking special holiday foods and cleaning the house. On Tết, Vietnamese visit their families and temples, forgetting about the troubles of the past year and hoping for a better upcoming year. Tết traditionally marks the coming of Spring, so Spring (Xuân) is sometimes used interchangeably with Tết 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 Tết Festival Celebration. Tết at UCLA consists of talent performances, martial arts, fashion shows, skits and lots of Vietnamese food.
Cost: Free and open to the public. No reservations required.
Sponsor(s): Center for Southeast Asian Studies