Each year between mid-January and mid-February the Vietnamese Community in the San Francisco area celebrates the coming of the Lunar New Year, an occasion for all Vietnamese-Americans to remember their heritage and traditions. The annual Tet Festival in the Tenderloin district is a unique event that gives them the opportunity to find togetherness and have a good time that they hope will continue throughout the New Year.
Friends of the Vietnamese community also come to the Festival to show their interest in San Francisco’s diversity. The Mayor of San Francisco City, members of the Board of Supervisors and other City officials have regularly attended and enjoyed the ceremonies, especially in helping to pass-out to children red envelopes containing Lucky Money. Like other non-Vietnamese attending the event, they appreciate the sample of Vietnamese culture offered by exhibitions, games, and booths displaying New-Year flowers or selling traditional Vietnamese foods. Most attractive to them is the music program performed by world-class Vietnamese artists as well as local talents.
Every year thousands of people are attracted to this day- long free event. The unique culture program, different games, food coupons for seniors and children are all offered free of charge. The Tet Festival has become the most popular event of the year for the Vietnamese community, and attendance is increasing steadily every year.
WHAT: 17th Annual Vietnamese New Year Tet Festival, Year of the Snake
WHO: Vietnamese Community Center of San Francisco
WHERE: Larkin Street, Little Saigon San Francisco (located in the Tenderloin District)
WHEN: Sunday, February 3, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.