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Lunar New Year Tet Festival - FREE event

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Tet is an exciting celebration of the Lunar New Year for the Vietnamese people. It coincides with other Lunar New Year celebrations such as the Chinese New Year and typically falls between late January and early February.

It's a festive time where people return home and visit their families, friends, have large feasts, play traditional games and give out red pocket (a small amount of money that can bring good fortune).

It's also a good time to reflect and remember ancestral roots and set goals for the year ahead.

The Vietnamese Community in Victoria would like to share some of these traditions with you and are inviting to their annual Tet Festival.

It is in Sandown Racecourse on the 26th and 27th of January and this festival is now a free event.

Like other Asian countries, the Vietnamese believe that the colours of red and yellow will bring good fortune, so you will see these cheerful colours everywhere.

It goes for the entire weekend and has activities for all ages. There are two stages hosting cultural performances from local as well as international artists, martial arts demonstrations and food eating competitions. One is called the 'iron stomach', so the mind boggles and the stomach lurches as to what feats might be in store for competitors.

With more than 20 food vendors, this festival offers a wide range of authentic South-East Asian food stalls. The event is not just celebrated but eaten. Foods used to celebrate Tet include Vietnamese square sticky rice cake (banh chung) and Vietnamese tube sticky rice cake (banh tet), Vietnamese sausage (gio cha), vegetables soup with pork (canh bong) and candied fruits

Throughout the entire weekend, an authentic Vietnamese shrine allows visitors to offer incense to ancestors.

A special children's activity playground amongst a mock Vietnamese village features glitter tattoos and traditional games.

There is also a host of carnival rides and a traditional lion dance that is a feast for the senses and a spectacular fireworks display to usher in the Lunar New Year.

Located at Sandown Racecourse, Springvale, there is space for everybody whatever your nationality.

Here are some highlights of last year's festival.

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Why? To enjoy Vietnamese culture
When: January 26 and 27 10am till late at night on Sat, 10am to 10 pm Sun
Phone: See website
Where: Sandown Racecourse 591-659 Princes hwy Springvale
Cost: FREE
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