Tet Festival in San Jose
For 39 years ever since the Vietnamese refugees came to San Jose, there has always a Tet festival to celebrate the Lunar New Year in the city. In most years, there are more than one festival and for this Year of The Goat, there will be three galas organized by different community groups.
What makes this particular Tet gala quite special is the fact that it will be organized by a group of people that either were born or their whole life raised in the US. The main organizers are professional folks in their late 20's and early 30's.
In the past, the festival is put together by their parents or their grandparents and the events are mostly aimed at their own community. However, the upcoming festival in History Park is catered for a city wide audience of all ages to come and share the Vietnamese New Year's traditions and culture. So come and enjoy the Lunar New Year with Vietnamese food, carnival games, all kind of contests and performances by local artists. The organizers hope that this gala will be the first of many for years to come to show off the diversity and unique multiculture city that San Jose is.
Footnote: Tet means New Year in Vietnamese