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.
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.