Tet Festival in Garden Grove,
California Feb. 12-14, 2010
Tet Parade in Westminster on
Feb. 13 at 9:30 a.m. Begins at Magnolia & Bolsa.
Garden Grove, CA-- The Tet Festival in Garden Grove is an annual
February Festival held in conjunction with Chinese New Year. Each year around the date of the Chinese New Year, the
Orange County Asian community celebrates Tet, or Lunar New Year. It is the
most observed holiday in the Vietnamese community. An annual Tet
Festival in Garden Grove is hosted by the Vietnamese Student Union
Association as a means to
preserve its culture. Garden Grove and
Westminster, California, are home several Asian cultures (including a Korean
community), so the event attracts or brings together culturally diverse
groups to celebrate.
Traditions and pageantry that have existed for centuries
showcase vibrant, colorful costumes with entertainment, including beautiful
women in a Miss Vietnam of Southern California contest. In the Asian
community, special costumes and customs have not been completely lost or
replaced as youngsters growing up in the U.S. have only their parents or
grandparents' stories and traditions to embrace. The festival is attended by
all age groups, and is especially popular in offering games, contests and
traditional ceremonies familiar to the older generations.
For tourists, the experience can seem foreign, but incredibly fun.
From appeasing the gods with food and money in the Dragon dance, to paying
homage to historic heroes, or sampling unique foods, Tet festival is filled
with sights, smells and sounds of voices speaking another language that
transport you to another world. It's a markedly different place than
what's painted in The OC, MTV's Laguna Beach and Sunset Beach, all TV
stereotypes. While you will find Gidget at the beach, just a few miles down
the street you'll see Little Saigon. And even at the beach, service
organizations of young professionals in the Asian community gather for
bonfires and marshmallow roasts.
So if you seek to expand your horizons, take a day to enjoy the Tet
Festival celebration in Garden Grove. The city located next to Disneyland
and Anaheim offers many hotel rooms at affordable prices for those eager to
get out and explore. While the foods served at the Tet Festival tend toward
mainstream and look more like foods served in Chinese restaurants, you can
visit Asian Garden Mall any day of the year to enjoy more authentic pho
The Tet Festival updates are available on tetfestival.org. We also
post the Garden Grove Tet Festival on our calendar of event when we become
aware of specific dates, location, etc.
Where to stay: Garden Grove is practically
Disneyland's home and as such, offers many nice hotels at affordable
options such as the
Hilton Garden Inn. With
over 10 hotels to select, many offering Disneyland packages and deals,
you may want to check them all out before you decided which is best for your