What is Tết?
Tết, short for Tết Nguyên Đán, is the Vietnamese Lunar New Year, the most important holiday in Vietnamese culture. Tết celebrates the arrival of a new spring where families reunite, enjoy each other’s company, forget about the troubles of the previous year and look forward to a better upcoming year.
History of Tết Festival
The Tết Festival of Southern California (Hoi Tet Sinh Vien) is recognized as the nation’s largest Vietnamese Lunar New Year Festival. Since 1982, the first UVSA Tết Festival started in Southern California. Since then, the Festival has significantly improved in many areas, a few of them are a better display of the Vietnamese culture and traditions, and more collaborations with the local community organizations. UVSA has had multiple homes for the Tết Festival in the past. We were formerly located in Garden Grove until 2013, and our current home is OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. Ultimately, no matter where the location is, UVSA’s vision to hosting the Tết Festival stays true, and that is to create an avenue for everyone to have a better understanding of the Vietnamese culture in many ways: vibrant arrays of traditional food, traditional performance and entertainment, and cultural exhibitions. This upcoming year, we welcome everyone to celebrate Tết with us at our 39th Annual UVSA Tết Festival.
UVSA stands for the Union of Vietnamese Student Associations. We are a 501(c)3 non-proﬁt, non-partisan, community-based organization founded in 1982 to bring together Vietnamese American youth including students from different colleges and high schools throughout Southern California to build unity, to serve our community, and to advocate for social justice issues that affect our community domestically and abroad. Entering our 35th year organizing the Tết Festival, our youth volunteers contribute thousands of hours planning and organizing in order to help bring the festival to life. The UVSA Tết Festival serves as a vehicle to help develop student volunteers in our community to become well-rounded leaders with a strong sense of cultural awareness and civic responsibility to improve our communities. Over the past 15 years, UVSA’s members have awarded over $1,500,000 of festival proceeds as community grants to non-proﬁt organizations across Southern California.