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Enjoy so much at the Vietnamese Tet Festival
The Tet Festival is considered to be the most important of national holidays in Vietnam. Tet is the annual Vietnamese New Year celebration, which coincides with the Lunar New Year celebrated throughout the world in January or February.
The actual real word in Vietnam is a shortened word for "Tết Nguyen Dan" and is a way to say Lunar New Year in Vietnamese.
Tet can be an interesting time to travel in Vietnam, but it is also the busiest time of the year to be there. At any given time there will be millions of people travelling through the country so that they can have reunions and share time with friends and family.
Tet is seen as a chance for a fresh start. Debts are settled, old grievances are forgiven and the houses are all cleaned of clutter. This is said to attract as much luck and good fortune as is possible in the new year that is just about to begin.
It is celebrated over the whole weekend and is a free, all-ages event which celebrates the Vietnamese culture with live performances from international and local artists. If you are into Vietnamese food, as I am, there will be so many authentic South-East Asian food stalls. There will also be an ancestral shrine and multiple cultural exhibits.
The authentic Vietnamese shrine will allow visitors to give incense to ancestors and this will be all weekend.
The children have not been forgotten and they will have a special children's activity playground amongst a mock Vietnamese village. This village will feature glitter tattoos and traditional games which can be watched and learned.
And it is not just catering to Vietnamese people as so many of us like their food and are interested in learning about new cultures and the new year.
It will be held on 26th and 27th January 2019 at the Sandown Racecourse and Entertainment Centre, 591-659 Princes Highway, Springvale. Opening hours for the Saturday will be 11.00 am until late and for the Sunday 11.00 am until 10.30 pm.
This is one of the biggest calendar events within the Victorian Vietnamese Community and usually attracts around 40,000 guests in the two-day festival. They come here to taste, learn and engage in the festival's varied culinary, cultural, live entertainment and exhibition offerings. The event is suitable for the whole family being a family-friendly environment.
It is run by the Vietnamese Community in Australia and has been going for more than 35 years, and this is a non-profit organisation. The Tet Festival is run by volunteers and has the support of local and state government, as well as the much-needed support from various businesses.
You will be able to buy all your favourite Vietnamese foods in the one area and the event will culminate in massive fireworks to bring in the Lunar New Year.