Tet, The Vietnamese Lunar New Year

January 26th, 2009, 3-5pm

The Vietnam Center cordially invites you join us as we celebrate Tet, the Vietnamese Lunar New Year, on Monday, January 26, 2009. This event will take place from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Formby Room of the Southwest Collections/Special Collections Library at Texas Tech University. Please come sample Vietnamese cuisine and learn more about the rich heritage and culture that makes Vietnam so remarkable.

January 26th, 2009, ushers in the Lunar Year of the Ox. In Vietnam, one of 12 animals of the zodiac represents each year. The ox represents prosperity through fortitude and hard work. It is said people born in the year of the ox are patient and inspire confidence in others, but they can also have fierce tempers and tend to be eccentric.

The Vietnamese people regard Tet as their most important holiday and prepare for it by cooking special holiday foods like Banh Chung, which consists of sticky rice with meat or bean filling wrapped tightly in banana leaves. Food preparation for Tet is very time consuming and often requires days of cooking and, prior to the celebrations, people clean, paint, and decorate their homes. People avoid cleaning during Tet so that good luck will not be "swept away."

The event will include a presentation by the Vietnamese Student Association of Texas Tech, followed by a sampling of traditional Tet New Year cuisine (special thanks to Saigon Cafe of Lubbock and Mrs. Hanh Lam for their assistance with the food.)

We hope you will be able to join us on January 26th, 2009, as we celebrate this special event! For more information, please contact the Vietnam Center at 742-9010.