Annual Vietnamese New Year Festival Celebrates Spring Blossoms

| February 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Miss Vietnam of San Diego pageant will take place during the Festival.

Mira Mesa rejoices as the Vietnamese-American Youth Alliance (VAYA) and Vietnamese Federation of San Diego presents its Spring Blossoms event, the transition to a new age. This annual special occasion is a free countywide Tet festival full of games, prizes, food, and entertainment. These two nonprofit organizations are flourishing in full blast at this year’s Tet festival, which will be held on Friday, February 16 through Sunday, February 18 at Mira Mesa Community Park, located at 8575 New Salem Street. The festival features vibrant decorations and fresh new replicas of Vietnamese monuments and landmarks in hopes of extending Vietnamese culture and beauty.

“Thirteen years ago, a group of Vietnamese young adults came together to share and connect with their roots. As years go by, many more young adults joined and got in touch with the traditions and culture of Vietnam and began serving the community. This group is known as VAYA,” said VAYA President Khoi Tran. “As part of VAYA’s mission, these enthusiastic leaders continue to spread their cultural and social awareness. Everything we do reflects this mission and the values that make it possible.”

From 2014, VAYA has been partnering with the Vietnamese Federation of San Diego, the oldest Vietnamese organization in San Diego, to strengthen their ties to the community and give their members a chance to work with and learn from the experience of the older generations.

Come and witness the growth of this community and explore the carnival rides and games, authentic Vietnamese food, lion dancing, and firecrackers. Free entertainment programs, such as high quality musical acts, the Miss Vietnam of San Diego Pageant and a Cultural Village allows for direct immersion into Vietnamese culture. The free Tet Festival will be a host of interactive fun and entertainment for everybody.

Festival dates and hours are 5 to 10 p.m., Friday, February 16; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, February 17; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, February 18. Admission is free.

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