Portland, February 4th. Nearly 10,000 people converged on the Oregon Convention Center to experience Vietnamese culture. The event organized by the nonprofit Vietnamese Community of Oregon drew visitors like Zola, Tanya Ky and Symone Tran. The Tết New Year is a time-honored cultural celebration and a chance for the Vietnamese community to usher in a new year with hopes for good fortune, goodwill and prosperity.

Vietnamese community leaders Tam Tran, Tam Nguyen, Lana Co, and De Tran

Vietnamese community leaders Tam Tran, Tam Nguyen, Lana Co, and De Tran

 

Part of the celebration included a beauty pagent to crown the local Miss Vietnam

Part of the celebration included a beauty pageant to crown the local Miss Vietnam.

 

Many Vietnamese families take the opportunity to share their cultural heritiage with their children

Many Vietnamese families take the opportunity to share their cultural heritage with their children.

 

Traditional dance and music is part of the expereince for attendees.

Traditional dance and music is part of the experience for attendees.

 

Tomas Tieu and his son, Braden enjoyed the festival.

Thomas Tieu and his son, Braden enjoyed the festival.

Community health screenings were also available for attendees who might not otherwise have easy access to health care.

Community health screenings were also available for attendees who might not otherwise have easy access to health care.

Tết means holiday in Vietnamese and marking the lunar new year is the most popular holiday in Vietnam. Vietnamese people prepare for Tết with traditional rituals such as visiting ancestor’s graves (đi thăm mộ), praying at Temples, visiting relatives and giving lucky money in red envelopes to children.

 

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