VIETNAMESE NEW YEAR 2015 (Year of the Goat)
The Vietnamese Community in Australia / SA Chapter (VCASA) is organising the Vietnamese Tet festival 2015, Year of the Goat this coming week end from 14 – 15 February 2015 at 62 Athol Street, Athol Park SA 5012 from 12 noon – 10:00pm. Entry to the event is free.
The President of the Vietnamese Community in Australia/ SA Chapter, Mr. Loc Doan said that the event is not only to celebrate the Vietnamese New Year Tet, it is a significant event for the local community as it also celebrate multiculturalism and local community achievements. Apart from children rides and amusements, there will be Vietnamese cuisines cultivated by local community, traditional dances and performances, traditional “Ao Dai” dress fashion parade. The Governor Mr. Hieu Van Le, and the Attorney General Hon. John Rau, representing the Premier Hon. Jay Weatheril, will speak at the Opening Ceremony on Saturday 14 February at 7pm. The Opening Ceremony will be closed by a Phap Hoa Lion Dance Group, which will be performed by the young peopleand the Fire cracker.
Mrs. Lan Nguyen, the Managing Director of the Community Access and Services SA, Vietnamese Community in Australia/ SA Chapter, also said that the event will also provide opportunity for community members to visit the Information Stalls where information about health, social services and of the bi-lingual resources about the co morbidity mental health and drug abuses, will be displayed and provided.
In addition, a short story book “Butterfly in the Cocoon” will also be available for the community members to collect for free from the Information Stall. This is a collection of short stories about the lives of many Vietnamese women and children who have experienced domestic violence, written in Vietnamese. These short stories offer readers a view of how women have endured and suffered in silence until their safety or the safety of their children forces them to make a decision. Even in the most difficult of hardships, Vietnamese women have always been resilient and their love for their children drives them to act as a hen would open its wings to protect its little chicks. Although these stories are fictitious, the characters and their stories are based on real situations. Mrs. Lan Nguyen said: “I hope that this book offers readers insights into how domestic violence impacts on our community, our own lives and our children’s lives.”
We would like to invite community members in Adelaide to joint us to welcome the Vietnamese New Year and celebrate this special event.
Date: Saturday 14th & 15th February
Time: 12pm to 10pm
Location: 62 Athol Street, Athol Park SA 5012
Cost: Free Entry