St. Joseph Vietnamese Catholic Church in the Town ‘N Country area hosted a Lunar New Year Vietnamese Festival on Saturday to celebrate the holiday also known as Tet. The local Vietnamese community opened its doors to the public to celebrate Asian culture through traditional food and dance, and to honor the Year of the Dragon.
Festivities included a lion dance, fireworks and Vietnamese cuisine from multiple vendors, including the popular pandan waffles, sweet delicacies made with the tropical plant pandan and mixed with coconut.
Lunar New Year marks the beginning of the year based on the lunar calendar and is observed in diverse ways by several East and Southeast Asian cultures. Tet is the most important festival in Vietnamese culture. The 2024 celebration runs Feb. 8-14, with Tet falling on Feb. 10, marking the Year of the Dragon.
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