Vietnamese New Year [564]

By | September 5, 2019


♪ Cause we’re stuck in, stuck in Vermont ♪ ♪ Can’t get out ♪ ♪ Dragon Dance music ♪ [applause] Welcome to Stuck in Vermont brought to you
by Seven Days and sponsored by New England Federal Credit Union. My name is Eva Sollberger and today we are in South Burlington at St. John Vianney
Church. We are celebrating the Lunar New Year with the local Vietnamese community. Happy Lunar New Year. Happy New Year! ♪ ♪ In Vietnam a New Year celebration
is like a Christmas and Thanksgiving and New Year, roll all in one. People have
seven to ten days off, in this country I think we just have one day just to bring
everybody together and talk and have a festival and the children will know
about the tradition, the culture. Every year we do this dance with the children
and stuff and they really like, enjoy it, we do these dances of the culture. It’s, like, welcoming to everyone around
us so it doesn’t matter who you are, you’re part of our community. We were invited to this celebration by Jen and Ly Trần, who you might remember from Allure
Nail Salon who we featured in 2016. ♪ ♪ I remember when I was younger again,
I feel like it. I feel in touch with the music. I feel in touch with the people of Vietnam, and culture of Vietnam and tradition of Vietnam. This whole event is [organized] by the Vietnamese
Catholic community. Yeah, it’s just really fun, there’s a lot of Vietnamese food,
traditional Vietnamese food. There’s traditional dancing, the kids from the Vietnamese school come and help out with performances. We sing, we dance. ♪ ♪ Living in America, the traditions are a
lot different and just being able to celebrate once a year in traditional
dress and sort of traditional dances kind of brings back our culture. Vietnam follows a lunar calendar. Pig, it’s the year of the pig. And these lucky pouches, it’s red which is like
a lucky sign and we put money and like we give them to children as like a little gift or something.
-As a blessing. This is like, sort of like a tradition, like makes everyone happy and like, gives them good luck for
their new year. -Cause I like the food.
-Food?
-Yeah. I just like dancing. The dragon dance is sometimes called
the lion dance as well. Kinda like how a dragon would move and we like fight and play with the audience. Where we, like, sleep and roll and then bow. And then welcome the new year with
prosperity, happiness. Make sure that the year is good and
that there are no evil spirits. The nice thing is that the kids want to be involved. She was the head and we were trying to do the twist but we went the wrong way.
-I went the wrong way so basically, we failed. ♪ Vietnamese National Anthem ♪ So the children who are part of the
Vietnamese language school, so we teach them how to read, to speak Vietnamese,
very basic. And then at the New Year’s festival, we take this opportunity for
them to be involved, be part of it. This is not religious, it’s everybody and we only
have once a year so the children always [are] curious. Helps keep it going for the next generation
and the other generations. So we bring the dragon around to collect money to support Sara Holbrook [Community Center] in general. ♪ ♪ I was born in Vietnam and I moved here
when I was six months old so, grew up here. I’ve been there, like, three times
to see my families over there. A good number, majority of them,
haven’t been to Vietnam yet. So yes, it’s good for them to learn. A lot of kids here that were born here and they don’t really know what it was like
to live in Vietnam. Personally for me, I get a nice glimpse of how people act and how people lived back in Vietnam. ♪ ♪ She taught us all of these dances and
somehow got us to memorize them. It was really fun having her as our teacher. ♪ Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave ♪ I, you know, grew up learning Chinese,
Mandarin so I’ve been, you know, to a lot of celebrations like this before but
I got to learn some new things, eat some new food, learning about the
Vietnamese version of this holiday, it’s really cool. Yeah, see you next year [at] Vietnamese New Year for different song, dancing, tradition. ♪ ♪ [applause] Chúc Mừng Năm Mới! Thank you for coming. Happy New Year! Follow us on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter,
Instagram, sign up for our email alerts! It’s Chúc Mừng Năm Mới. Chúc Mừng Năm Mới. We like it, this is more time to celebrate. We celebrate Christmas, with everybody, with New Year. Super Bowl is coming on Sunday so this is another one, another big one so that’s more
celebrations better, happier. [Eva] I’m with you.

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