Tet is the largest and grandest Vietnamese holiday, celebrating the fortunes of a wonderful upcoming new year together with families, friends, and the community. Tet is an all-in-one festival that celebrates the union of nature, human, culture, the living and the dead. There are many rituals and customs being carried out during this special occasion which include family reunions, giving lucky money in red envelopes to children and seniors, ancestor worship, and clearing out debts and misdeeds. The Vietnamese people celebrate this holiday with up to 30 days of festivities. Since Tet is a family holiday, it is an occasion to express our respect and remembrance for our ancestors, as well as welcoming the New Year with the family.
VISION: Celebrating traditional and modern Vietnamese culture to unite, empower and inspire youth, families and communities.
MISSION: We are moving forward by providing a fresh and dynamic way to bring together entertainment, volunteerism, food, art, activities to celebrate the love and appreciation of Vietnamese culture, while honoring the past through educating the broader community and its members on the Vietnamese traditions observed during the Tet Festival.
NEW YEAR DATE: The holiday, which is 1st day of lunar year calendar. For 2017, the actual date is Jan 28, 2017
FESTIVAL DATE: Feb 11-12, 2017. 10am-9pm
LOCATION: Yerba Buena High School Campus. 1855 Lucretia Ave, San Jose, CA 95122
OBJECTIVES: 1. Culture: To appreciate the culture, food, music, tradition, literature, and heritage of the Vietnamese community; to add to the cultural identity by bringing in fresh ideas; and making it accessible and appealing to all age groups and communities. 2. Community: To network with others and help build a sense of community solidarity and identity. 3. Inspiration: Motivating and energizing youth to develop the skills and valuable character to make positive contributions to their community, while addressing the challenges of generation gap and leadership transition. 4. Leadership/ Philanthropy: To bring Vietnamese youth together and provide them with opportunities for leadership development and community service; to raise funds to support local community projects. 5. Prosperity: Provide opportunities for businesses and organizations to promote their products and services to the Asian/Vietnamese American market.
ACTIVITIES: Firecracker, Lion Dance, Ao Dai Contest, Traditional Dances, Martial Arts, Cultural Ceremony, Cultural Village, Banh Mi eating contest, Pho Challenge, Watermelon Eating contest, Talent Show, Chess Competition, Commercial Vendors, Community Booths, Vietnamese Food, Cooking Contest, Smelling Contest, Carnival Games, VIP Section and many more..
Tet Festival / Tet Sinh Vien is a team project of Vietnamese Voluntary Foundation (VIVO). VIVO is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization serving the Vietnamese community since 1979. Our mission is to empower the underserved through community service, education, leadership, and cultural activities. VIVO EIN is 94-2764504. All donations are 100% tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Please visit http://vivousa.org/causes/tetfestival/ for more information. Proceeds of the ticket sales will goes to VIVO projects and programs that directly impact the local communities and part of it will be used to reserve to fund next year Tet Festival.
Tet Festival San Jose