The Vietnamese Student Association partnered with Kansas State’s Union Program Council to bring the biggest and most popular Vietnamese holiday — Tet Nguyen Dan, or Tet for short — to students on Saturday in the K-State Student Union ballroom.
Michael Tran, senior in mechanical engineering and treasurer of the Vietnamese Student Association, said VSA enjoys sharing their knowledge of the Lunar New Year and culture with students.
“It’s typically celebrated between three and seven days after the New Year,” Tran said. “Most of the celebration is to try and expel the bad luck out there and try to gain good luck to start the New Year.”
Attendees were also given a red envelope upon entering the ballroom, which is supposed to bring luck and prosperity.
Other activities for guests included traditional Vietnamese games, such as bau cua ca cop — a gambling game played with fake coins at the event — Vietnamese bingo, food from Panda Express and arts and crafts.
The event featured demonstrations ranging from a lion dance, a traditional fan dance and various martial arts presentations.
“We’re celebrating the New Years, and this is our biggest festival, so we wanted to make it really big to make sure people could come and enjoy and have fun,” Nguyen said. “Since it is the New Years we wanted to start the New Year with a big bang.”
Molly Ridder, junior in elementary education, said she was mesmerized by the event and was happy she took time out of her Friday night to experience Vietnamese culture.
“I actually have a friend that works for UPC and she told me about this event and I was just like, ‘That sounds really neat,'” Ridder said. “I’m very interested in Asian culture, so I thought I’d come by and see it.
“I actually walked in when they were doing the fan dancing and it was almost mesmerizing,” Ridder continued. “We were going to go and get food, but we were honestly just stuck watching it for a second. It was beautiful.”