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Spectacular Tet festival lights up Wanneroo

​Photo Credit: Intermission Media

​Thousands of people will flock to the Wanneroo Showgrounds today (February 8) and tomorrow (February 9) to celebrate the Vietnamese New Year festival in sensational style.

Premier Mark McGowan and Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia will be among festival goers who will join in official formalities today, to kickstart the Tet festival and welcome the Year of the Pig.
Tet, formally known as Tet Nguyen Dan or Festival of the First Morning, is celebrated on the first day of the first month of the Lunar calendar. It is the time for Vietnamese people to express their respect and remembrance for their ancestors as well as welcoming the New Year with their family members.

There are more than 15,800 Vietnam-born people who call Western Australia home and nearly 22,000 people with Vietnamese heritage. They will be joined by Western Australians of all backgrounds at this two-day family friendly festival, which will feature traditional dancing, food and fireworks.

The McGowan Government is proud to support the Tet festival through the Office of Multicultural Interests Grants Program, Lotterywest and Healthway.

"The Tet festival is a cheerful family friendly celebration which is a growing tradition and draws many people - Vietnamese Western Australians and the wider community - together to celebrate the most important cultural celebration for Vietnamese people living in WA,: said Premier Mark McGowan.

"On this most auspicious occasion, as we welcome the Year of the Pig on the lunar calendar, I'd like to wish all Western Australians of Vietnamese heritage a very happy new year full of happiness, prosperity and good health.

Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia said,: "Western Australia is fortunate to have a strong and vibrant Vietnamese community who have contributed significantly to the social, economic and cultural development of this State.

"The celebration of Tet is a joyful time for the Vietnamese community and an opportunity for all Western Australians to experience Vietnamese festivities.

More information is available at http://www.omi.wa.gov.au ​