Happy Vietnamese New Year (Chúc Mừng Năm Mới)

February 10 marks the Vietnamese New Year. Many of you may know it better as Chinese New Year, which is the same idea as we follow the same lunar year calendar. To celebrate the New Year, Vietnamese communities usually put on a fair, called Hội Tết. This year, I went to the Hội Tết produced by the St. Philipphe Phan Van Minh Catholic Parish of Orlando, Florida during the weekend of January 26-27. It was great event. There was a lot of hard work put into this event by the Parish volunteers. Here are select pictures from the traditional Vietnamese opening fireworks and lucky dragon dance.

Lucky dragon dance (mua lan)

Lucky dragon dance (mua lan). Nikon D600 w/ Nikon 85mm f/1.4 AF-S @ 1/4000, f/2, iso 100.

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