Tết or Vietnamese Lunar New Year is the most important Vietnamese festival of the year. Since our early days of settlement in Western Australia, the Vietnamese Community had organised the Tet celebration annually.
Traditionally, the Vietnamese people take an entire week to celebrate Tết. It is the time for family reunions, commemoration of ancestors, harmony and exchange of best wishes, special food, new clothes, new beginnings and other festive activities. The few days at the start of the year are the most important days. All activities are undertaken with great care to ensure that people will have happiness, good fortune and longevity throughout the year. Tết is also an occasion for pilgrims and family reunions. During Tết, Vietnamese visit their relatives and temples, forgetting about the troubles of the past year and hoping for a better upcoming year.
2012 Year of the Dragon
Nham Thin The Dragon personality. The Dragon is a creature of myth and ledgen. A symbol of good fortune and sign of intense power, the Oriental Dragon is regarded as a divine beast-like, the reverse of the malicious monster that Westerners felt necessary to find and slay. In eastern philosophy, the Dragon is said to be a diliverer of good fortune and a master of authority. Therefore, those people born in Dragon years are to be honored and respected.
The first years of the TẾT Festival IN Perth were relatively modest. Beginning in the early 1980s, as people began to assemble the New Year’s celebration in small halls. These small venues were used to display altars, for the Vietnamese to show their respects to ancestors, and for local Vietnamese musicians and visual artists to perform. Food would be brought by all who wanted to join in on the celebration; creating a huge potluck of Vietnamese cuisine.
This year marked the 30th Annual Tết Festival, Vietnamese Lunar New Year celebration in Perth. With the support of the City of Wanneroo, the Tet Festival 2012 will be held at Wanneroo Showgrounds (Cnr Wanneroo Rd & Ariti Avenue). This year festival will be bigger and better than previous years, with more entertainments including show rides and games for the young and old over the two days, Friday 27th and Saturday 28th of Jan 2012. Together with our other sponsors and volunteers, Tết Festival has been a very successful event in the past years. The Vietnamese Community in WA Inc together with other associations and its members fully support the event, which has become a tradition for the community. We believe that this vibrant and colourful cultural celebration will contributes and enriches the cultural diversity of the City of Wanneroo. It is more than just a celebration by Vietnamese Australians of the Lunar New Year. It is an opportunity for us to share our cultural heritage with the wider Australian community and to promote greater cultural understanding and tolerance within our multicultural society. People from all ethnic backgrounds attend the Festival each year to celebrate the Lunar New Year.
About Vietnamese Community in Australia / WA
The Vietnamese Community in Australia/WA Chapter is a non-profit organization, which was formed in 1978 by Vietnamese who love Freedom and consists of all Vietnamese Australians and permanent resident Vietnamese who are permanently living in Western Australia, regardless of their gender, religion, and organization as long as they share the same purpose of serving Vietnamese Community;
The Vietnamese Community in Western Australia is a member of Vietnamese Community in Australia (VCA);
The Association is the formal and unique body of the Vietnamese Community in Australia to represent Vietnamese community who are living in Western Australia.
- Promote and Preserve Vietnamese Culture in Australia in line with the Multicultural policy of Australia. (e.g. Organise and encourage Vietnamese-Australian people to participate in Vietnamese traditional and cultural events such as Tết Festival, Lantern festival, and King Hung & the Trung Sisters Commemoration)
- Assist the Vietnamese refugees, migrants and their families to successfully integrate into the Australian multicultural society.
- Create and enhance a communal spirit among the various associations and members in the Vietnamese Community.
- Promote cross cultural understanding and community harmony.
- Name of the organisation presenting the event: Vietnamese Community in Australia/WA Inc
- Postal address: Unit 4, 151-155 Brisbane St, Perth WA 6000
- ABN: 78 936 522 494
- Contact person’s name: Dr Anh Nguyen
- Contact phone number(s): 0488 042 182
- Contact email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Name of the event: Tết Festival – Vietnamese Lunar New Year Festival 2012
- Date(s) of the event: Fri 27th & Sat 28th Jan 2012
- Location / Venue: Wanneroo Showgrounds, Cnr Wanneroo Rd & Ariti Avenue, Wanneroo.
- Expected level of participation: 10 000 over the two days of Festival
- Organised by the Vietnamese Community in Australia/WA Chapter with the participation of various associations within the community, its members, other ethnic communities and the general public.
Profile of VIP guests from previous years:
- Mr Colin Barnett, Premier of Western Australia
- Mr Eric Ripper, Leader of the Opposition
- Mr Jon Kelly, Mayor of City of Wanneroo
- Councillor Nguyet-Anh Truong, City of Wanneroo
- Representatives from the Labor Party
- Mr Luke Simpkins MP Federal Member for Cowan
- Mr Paul Miles MLA, Member for Wanneroo
- President of the Vietnamese Community in Australia/WA Chapter Mr Peter Le
- Vietnamese Buddhist Association of WA Mr Le Tan Kiet
- Vietnamese Senior Association of WA Mr Nguyen Cong Tanh
- Vietnamese Women Association Mrs Dong Thi Hong
- Vietnamese Veteran Association Mr Nguyen Van Thanh
- Vietnamese Cultural and Language School Mr Nguyen Ngoc Ngoan
- Vietnamese Youth and Student Association Mrs Tran Quynh Giao
- Vietnamese Student Association Miss Anna Pham
- Vietnamese Cultural Association Mr Tran Vinh Hue
- Viet Tan (Vietnam Reform Party) Mr Tran Trung Hieu
- Vietnamese Professional Society in WA Mr Tran Trung Hieu
- Vietnamese Catholic Community of WA Father Huynh Nguyen
- Quan The Am Buddhist Association Thich Nu Chon Dao
- The Vietnamese Buddhist Congregation Ven.Thich Phuoc Nhon
- Chanh Tin Vietnamese Buddhist Youth Association Mr Nguyen Thuong Dat
- Cao Dai Association of WA Mr Huynh Duoc
- Hoa Hao Buddhist Association Mr Ho Huu Phoi
- And others VIPs
- Delicious foods, such as cha gio (spring rolls), Vietnamese bread roll, goi cuon (combination rolls), pho (beef noodles), nuoc mia (sugar cane juice), che (sweetened porridge), and many more traditional dishes were sold in food stalls.
- Vietnamese culture exhibition such as dances, music and fighting style
- áo dài (Vietnamese traditional long robe) fashion parades
- Kids Áo Dài Beauty Contest
- Fun & Games stalls
- Demonstration of Bánh tét cooking: Bánh tét is a Vietnamese cake made primarily from glutinous rice, which is rolled in a banana leaf into a thick, log-like cylindrical shape, with a meat or vegetarian filling (such as mung beans), then steamed. After cooking, the banana leaf is removed and the cake is sliced into wheel-shaped servings.
Vietnamese Tết Exhibition
- Exhibition of art and craft: Dong Ho Painting or Vietnamese woodblock prints refers to a Vietnamese folk art originating in Dong Ho Village. It is one of the most popular Vietnamese folk arts.
- Information Stalls
Kids and Entertainment
- Entertainment with a live band, dances performances and singing;
- Rides and games from Show West (http://www.showwest.com.au/) for kid and family
- Vietnamese Bingo
- Lion dance and fire crackers
- Kung Fu performance
- Vietnamese Idol: a karaoke stage opens to anyone who wished to share his or her voice and sing for the public. Karaoke competition on Saturday.
- For those who like amusements, they could always try a chess game
- Various Displays
- Competitions: Chinese chess game, karaoke, Kids Áo Dài Beauty Contest
Members of the Vietnamese Community Western Australia and the Executive Committee of the Vietnamese Community in Australia/WA Chapter Inc.
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- Mỗi năm thuốc lá giết chết hơn 15,500 người dân Úc trong đó có gần 1,500 người Tây Úc.
- Nếu chúng ta đòi hỏi các các khu vực cấm hút thuốc, bạn sẽ làm giảm nguy cơ và nguy cơ của những người khác được tiếp xúc với các nguy hiểm của khói thuốc.
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- Đa số người hút thuốc (khoảng 80%) muốn bỏ thuốc lá.
- Các chi phí xã hội của việc sử dụng thuốc lá ở Tây Úc đã vượt quá $ 2,4 tỷ trong năm 2004/05.
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