Sisters Nhung, ICM; Nam Tran, LHE; Symphonie Giao-Huong Ngoc Ngo and Kim Xuan Thi Nguyen perform a traditional dance.
(At left) Sisters celebrate the Vietnamese Lunar New Year at Villa de Matel. (At right) Sister Kim Xuan Thi Nguyen as Master of Ceremonies.
By Sister Kim Xuan Thi Nguyen
On February 9th, 2019, the Asian Sisters welcomed the Vietnamese Lunar New Year (TET), the Year of the Pig, at a gathering of our Sisters in the Villa dining room. TET is a time of familial and communal joy and happiness which celebrates this momentous occasion. Spending quality time together is the real reason for TET. This year is an Earth Pig year. In Chinese astrology, each year belongs to a Chinese zodiac animal according to the 12-year cycle. The Pig is the twelfth of the 12-year period of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac. Years of the Pig include 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, and 2019. There are five types of Pigs, named after the Chinese elements. In order, they are: Gold, Water, Wood, Fire, and Earth. In our New Year Celebration, we had people who were born in the year of the Pig. After the prayer, all the Sisters came to the beautiful blossom tree to choose a red envelope which has lucky money and blessings for the whole year.
We then enjoyed delicious Vietnamese food and excellent entertainment. We played Jeopardy with questions regarding Vietnamese tradition, food, zodiac, and other customs. It was a time for many Sisters to learn and appreciate some of the richness and the beauty of the Vietnamese culture.