Vietnamese New Year is still intact

With Stacy Bui and many other Vietnamese Americans, the space and colors of the New Year New Year in America are not as lively as every year, but the mind of the traditional New Year is still intact.

Tourists take photos at South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa city, California state on February 11 (Tet 30). Photo source: Orange County Register

If Vietnamese people now Orange County, California There were two vibrant and colorful parades celebrating Tet Canh Ty, and this year this activity was absent. In the Covid-19 period, instead of hosting the live parades and festivals that last for many days, much of this year’s New Year celebrations took place quietly throughout Southern California. However, Covid-19 could not break the atmosphere of Vietnamese generations eager to welcome Tet here.

The feeling of expecting the red envelopes on New Year’s Day never ceases with Stacy Bui, a 17-year-old resident of Westminster, Orange County, although other traditional activities in this year’s New Year must change due to epidemics. sick.

“We often go to grandma’s house with all the girls, uncle and children. People often bring Vietnamese food and enjoy together,” Stacy Bui shared with Orange County Daily ‘The Orange County Register’ about the family’s traditional Tet holiday.

Every Tet holiday, families often organize games, children set off firecrackers, and most of the aunties wear traditional ao dai or silk dresses, Stacy Bui recalls. After the reunion dinner, her family congratulated the elders, first of all, the grandparents.

“They (grandparents) sit on two chairs in the middle of the living room and we line up to pay homage and wish them a good year,” Stacy Bui said. After sending their best wishes to grandparents, about 30 relatives in turn congratulated the next elderly family member.

However, this year’s New Year’s Eve, Stacy Bui’s family wants to pay homage to the elders in the house by not organizing a large reunion. “We are not planning a party. But still visit her house and celebrate, then come home as soon as possible,” said Stacy Bui.

As usual every year, before that, she and her mother Lisa Bui went to the Flower Festival outside Asian Garden Shopping Center earlier this week to find and buy some kinds of flowers on Tet holiday. Every year this mall usually holds the outdoor sales session, but this year the number of sellers is much less.

Across Southern California, malls, restaurants and other businesses hope to still attract customers with their Tet specialties and decorations. But this is not easy in the context of the measures against Covid-19.

Covid-19 ruined the plan to welcome the New Year, but it did not stop a Vietnamese restaurant from joining hands to help the community to celebrate Tet.

“Tet is the biggest holiday. So for us, it brings the tune to the whole year. Families reunite and remember ancestors. It’s a big deal,” Huong Pham told the channel. TV KABC at The Recess Room restaurant in Fountain Valley, California.

On this Tet occasion, The Recess Room restaurant has prepared hundreds of canned meals with traditional Vietnamese dishes. “We will give 500 Tet gift boxes on Sunday, February 13 to the elderly and those in need by Covid-19,” said Viet Pham, the owner of The Recess Room restaurant.

The representative also said that volunteers will deliver Tet meals to a pre-selected number of elderly, while other meals will be delivered to recipients via drive-thru service – a service to assist customers to receive gifts directly on the vehicle.

That is the new way to welcome Tet. Huong Pham shared: “Usually we get together, but this year we want to join hands to support families who cannot reunite.”

As for those who like to move and are accustomed to traveling away to visit their relatives on Tet holiday, the Covid-19 epidemic makes this habit difficult to implement. Ms. Thai Viet Phan, Commissioner of Santa Ana Council – the most populous city in Orange County, California, said she would enjoy her mother’s own banh Tet and other dishes on Tet. She also won’t have dinner with her mother and all the dishes are delivered.

“We are not in Covid’s bubble,” said Thai Viet Phan. “My sister will come to dinner, enjoy the food our mom makes and spend time together.” Talking about the Tet traditions to be ignored by Covid-19, Ms. Thai Viet Phan expressed her appreciation: “These big holidays are the most difficult”.

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