The Lunar New Year is a time of celebration and festivities for people of many different cultural backgrounds all across Orange County. Tet, the Vietnamese New Year, is one such celebration.
A free public concert at Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley was put on this past weekend for members of the community to enjoy. The event was sponsored by Orange County Parks and Vice Chair of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, Andrew Do. The event was kicked off by a firecracker show to ring in the Year of the Rooster. Many prominent Vietnamese singers and performers took part in the five hour long concert. Speeches by many elected officials and community leaders were also featured such as U.S. Representative Ed Royce, Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and a New Years address by Supervisor Do to the community. At the end of the event a free raffle was held for everyone in attendance with many prizes donated by sponsors and community organizations.
“This event allows us to celebrate the of culture and diversity of Orange County” said Supervisor Do. “I’m very excited for what the New Year has in store for our County.”
The Tet Lunar New Year celebration isn’t confined to just one day, there is also an upcoming parade to be held in Little Saigon on Saturday February 4th from 9 am to 1 pm. Little Saigon is home to the largest Vietnamese community outside of Vietnam. The parade will make its way down Bolsa Avenue in Westminster and is expected to be attended by nearly 20,000 people. There are an estimated 95 different organizations that will take part in the parade including marching bands, floats, traditional cultural performers, community organizations, elected officials from the area and many more.
The parade is a free event open to the public. If you have any questions about the parade you can contact the Vietnamese American Federation of Southern California at (714) 512-6612 or go to the parade website here.