Annual Vietnamese New Year

| January 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

Celebrates Spring to New Year Horizons

 There will be music and dancing during the Tet festival.

There will be music and dancing during the Tet festival.

Awake from your slumber as the Vietnamese-American Youth Alliance presents Spring to New Horizons, a free city-wide Tet festival of games, prizes, food, and entertainment. This year’s Tet festival falls on Friday, January 27 to Sunday, January 29, 2017, and marks the end of the first full Zodiac cycle since VAYA started 12 years ago. Stepping up this year, the festival is showcasing even more culture and new projects from arising young volunteers.

This year’s theme, Spring to NEW Horizons, emphasizes new beginnings, igniting souls, and initiation. Start the new year with a bang! Get energized with the games, rides, food, and volunteer opportunities. Take pictures in the Cultural Village with volunteer-made replicas of historical buildings, boats, and even a giant rooster! The Tet festival will be a host of enough interactive fun and entertainment for everybody!

“VAYA was born from passion emerging in a group of young adults attempting to reconnect with their roots. Since VAYA started, more and more young adults are awakening and getting in touch with the traditions and culture Vietnam has to offer,” said VAYA President Andy Nguyen. “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.”

The festival, which attracts around 20,000 people each year, promises fun for the whole family with such activities as 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.

Festival Dates and Hours are: Friday, Jan. 27 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 28 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 29 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For information, visit

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