Fields Corner was awash with yellow and red on Saturday.
The neighborhood held the annual Tet in Boston celebration at the Harbor School. Next
The Vietnamese event celebrates the New Year with food, games, and entertainment, drawing close to 3,000 participants from all over New England.
“This is the biggest celebration for the Vietnamese people and really represents a new beginning,” said Thanh Nguyen, an organizer for the event.
Trang Truohg, a 46-year-old Dorchester resident, tried his luck at one of the event’s many games. Next
From performances to religious ceremonies, the event not only celebrates the year of the snake, which occurs on Feb. 10 in the Vietnamese tradition. The festival blends traditional religious ceremonies with contemporary entertainment.
“It’s great because it pulls everyone together,” said Nguyen. “For the older generation, it’s a way to recapture those memories of Vietnam and for the young, it’s an exposure to their culture.”
Pictured: Monks prayed during Saturday’s ceremonies that welcomed the New Year. Next
For many members of the Vietnamese American community, the festival has become the highlight of the year.
The event was organized by the Vietnamese American Community of Massachusetts and the Intercollegiate Vietnamese Student Association of New England in the early 2000s. Originally held at the Bayside Expo Center, organizers said it once drew close to 10,000 individuals.
Pictured: Tuan “Guns” Bui, a 22-year-old Chelsea resident and member of the Buddhist Youth Group of East Boston, talked with his fellow performers as they prepared to perform the “Lion Dance.” Next
Dinh Tran offered performers money during Saturday’s festival.
Traditionally, making monetary offerings to performers is a way to ward off bad luck in the New Year. Next
In an attempt to protect their luck, many audience members participated in the practice of making monetary offerings to performers. Next
Although attendance has dropped in recent years, Nguyen said she constantly meets first-timers at the event, especially families that have adopted Vietnamese children.
“We have a child from another culture, and it’s important to us that he has a connection to where he came from,” said Charlie Kosheff, a Shrewsbury resident who attended the event with his partner Shaun Kinsella. “I was not familiar with the culture at all, but we studied up and everybody has been really welcoming.”
Pictured: Misty, 4, of Dorchester, got her face painted by Daniel Lam, a 29-year-old Dorchester resident and member of Vietnamese Assembly of God. Next
Saturday’s ceremonies also welcomed a number of veterans from the Vietnam War.
Tan Phan, 62, of Dorchester, proudly held the American Flag during the opening ceremonies. Next
A number of musical acts performed on Saturday.
Davis Nguyen, a 21-year-old from Malden and member of the Buddhist Youth Group of East Boston, played the drum during the “Lion Dance.” Next
Mixed in with the traditional ceremonies were games like cards, mock gambling, and kids’ activities.
“This is a chance to wrap up last year, start a new one, and have a little fun,” said Nguyen, who grew up in Dorchester. “It’s really a homecoming for everyone that comes here.”
Pictured: Lily Bui, 25, of Brookline, tried her luck at one of the event’s games. Back to the beginning
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