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Tet 2017 – A Taste of Home/A Story of Resilience

VietLead invites you to our first Tet Lunar New Year Festival – “A Taste of Home/A Story of Resilience”, which will be held on Sunday, February 5th, 2017 from 12:00PM to 5:00PM at Furness High School (1900 S 3rd St. Philadelphia PA, 19148). Our youth-led, adult-supported event aims to celebrate and share Vietnamese culture, uplift food sovereignty practices, and raise awareness of social justice issues in the Viet, Southeast Asian, and broader community.

The lunar calendar follows the cycles of the moon and this year we welcome the year of the Fire Rooster. As in Tet tradition, we will look back and honor our ancestors that have come before us in order to set intention and hopes for the new year.

We will remember both our ancestors in our homeland and also those who have struggled to rebuild a new home in Philly while keeping our communities and cultures intact. We will honor the ways in which we have been rebuilding such as front porch gardening, cultural cooking, and ancestral celebrations. This event hopes to uplift these practices that have been core to our community’s survival, self determination, and resilience.

In light of the upcoming Trump presidency, and the hate it has unleashed — vandalism and intimidation right in our South Philly neighborhoods — it’s more important than ever for our immigrant and refugee community to be united and continue resisting in the ways we have been–and also in different ways.

This invitation is a chance for us to strengthen the Vietnamese community and also invite our black, brown, and allied Philly community to learn more about us as we continue to build together and deepen our connections and solidarity.  

There will be family-oriented activities for elders, parents and children with many cultural performances, games, and activities. For more information about the event, or to become an event sponsor, please call VietLead at (856) 320-6668 or email us at tet@vietlead.org. Happy New Year! Click here for more information on Facebook.

Nancy Nguyen

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