It’s that time of year again- the time to celebrate family, lucky beginnings, and free money. Especially the free money. I’m talking about these guys:

li xi
Move over Christmas, THIS is clearly the best time of the year. (Source)

All jokes aside, the Lunar New Year, or Tết, is one of the most important occasions in the Vietnamese culture. It’s a time where we embrace our heritage and show our loved ones how much we appreciate them. I grew up spending New Year’s Eve frantically cleaning the house top to bottom, and then when the clock struck midnight, my younger sister and I would formally wish our parents and grandparents health, happiness, and luck for the New Year. Then it was time for lì xì, or lucky money. Of course, what was even better than lucky money was the amazing food that followed the next day!

Help, my mouth is watering.
Help, my mouth is watering. (Source)

I’m lucky enough to have a loving family that lives near enough to me that I can celebrate the New Year with them. But I can’t speak for everyone. If your circumstances prevent you from making it home for Tết, remember that family doesn’t just end with blood. Your friends, your fellow VSA members- we’re all here for you. Whether you stay in and celebrate with a few close friends or go out to a festival, there are plenty of ways to honor the spirit of the Lunar New Year.

If you and your loved ones are looking for somewhere to celebrate and want to help support other schools’ VSAs and the Vietnamese community, there are a lot of Tết festivals coming up in our region! UConn will be hosting their 6th Annual Lunar New Year Festival this coming Saturday (2/4/17) from 7 PM to 10 PM. We also have the Tết in Boston night concert and day festival coming up on the weekend of February 11th and 12th. If you want to start celebrating even earlier, Tết in Boston is hosting a fundraising pre-party at Whiskey Saigon this Friday (2/3/17) from 10 PM to 2 AM. Admission is $10 and ladies get in for free before 11 PM! The proceeds will go to the Hope Catalyst Foundation and Tết in Boston.

No matter how you choose to celebrate the Lunar New Year, we hope that you all will have a fantastic start to the Year of the Rooster. Chúc mừng năm mới!

Happy Lunar New Year!

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