The Union of The Vietnamese Student Associations of Southern California (UVSA) Tết Festival was back for the Year of the Pig! The 38th Annual Vietnamese New Year celebration took place February 8-10, 2019 at the OC Fair & Event Center. This year’s theme was “Stories of Our Heritage – Hướng Về Cội Nguồn.”
The UVSA Tết Festival (Hội Tết Sinh Viên) of Southern California is the largest Vietnamese New Year Festival in the nation. It is run entirely by volunteers consisting of high school and college students, young professionals, and parents. Their goals are to help preserve and share the Vietnamese culture, and to serve the community by allocating profits from the festival through the Tết Community Assistance Fund. Over the past 15 years, UVSA has awarded over $1.5 million dollars to community organizations.
Visitors were immersed within a vibrant array of traditional foods, live entertainment, festival games, and customs celebrating the Vietnamese New Year, a Spring Wedding at the Vietnamese Cultural Village, and many Community Performances. Here are some photos from this year’s Tet Festival in Orange County.