By MAI HOANG
AAP contributing writer
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (Jan. 21, 2012) — More than 2,500 people participated in the “Year of Dragon Tet Festival’, the Vietnamese Lunar New celebration last Saturday at Kennedy High School.
The annual event is organized by the Vietnamese Community of Minnesota in conjunction with several other community groups. It is the largest Vietnamese American event in the region.
“I’m very happy because of the success of this event and also the high number of volunteers to help though out in six months of planning,” said Vietnamese Community of Minnesota President Mr. Tu Hieu regarding the overall celebration.
The Tet New Year is the most important and highly celebrated holiday of the Vietnamese people around the World. This traditional festival is filled with activities.
There were four dragon teams to perform at the beginning of the celebration. The Hoang Anh and Me Linh of the Twin Cities and two other dancing groups from Mankato and Rochester brought in many beautyful shows. Many local artists and musicians performed songs related the New Year.
There were 24 exhibition booths for showing products and services and three food stations to serve traditional Vietnamese Lunar New Year Foods.
Tu Hieu offered the welcoming remarks. His presented to audience the beautiful ideas about TET celebration. He then introduced Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton as the guest of honor.
In addition to wishing a happy New Year to Vietnamese community, the Governor suggested some good projects for the community.
Dayton said that he appreciated the Veterans of South Vietnam and promised to include them in projects involving the Minnesota State Department of Veteran Affairs. One of them is making a state law to recognize the flag of the Republic of South Vietnam.
Dayton suggested that he and his associates would meet with the Vietnamese representatives in March 2012 to further discuss issues of importance to Vietnamese Minnesotans.