Vietnamese Community celebrates Tet New Year in Wanneroo

Tet New Year Festival celebrations return to Wanneroo Showground on February 8 and 9.
Tet New Year Festival celebrations return to Wanneroo Showground on February 8 and 9.

THOUSANDS of people are expected to attend the Vietnamese Tet New Year Festival at Wanneroo Showground this weekend.

The Vietnamese Community in Australia WA Chapter is hosting its annual celebrations tonight from 6pm to 11.30pm and tomorrow from 2pm to 11.30pm.

Entry is free and there will be fashion shows, children’s rides and games, food stalls and fireworks both nights about 8.30pm.

Premier Mark McGowan and Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia will be among festival goers joining in official formalities today, to kickstart the festival and welcome the Year of the Pig.

“The Tet festival is a cheerful family friendly celebration which is a growing tradition and draws many people -Vietnamese Western Australians and the wider community – together to celebrate the most important cultural celebration for Vietnamese people living in WA,” Mr McGowan said.

Mr McGowan said the State Government supported cultural festivals like Tet that enabled people of different heritages and backgrounds to continue celebrating their traditions.

Comments attributed to Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia:

“WA is fortunate to have a strong and vibrant Vietnamese community who have contributed significantly to the social, economic and cultural development of this State,” Mr Papalia said.

“The celebration of Tet is a joyful time for the Vietnamese community and an opportunity for all Western Australians to experience Vietnamese festivities.”

Tet, celebrated according to the lunar calendar, formally known as Tet Nguyen Dan or Festival of the First Morning, is the most important festival of the year for the Vietnamese community.

There are more than 15,800 Vietnam-born people who call WA home and nearly 22,000 people with Vietnamese heritage.

The two-day family friendly festival will feature traditional dancing, food and fireworks.

The State Government provided $45,000 for the event via the Office of Multicultural Interests, Lotterywest and Healthway.

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