Tet Festival will be huge

MORE than 60,000 people are expected head to the Vietnamese Tet Festival this weekend at Fairfield Showground.

The festival is a time for families to come together to celebrate the Vietnamese New Year.

This year there will be include a special performance by Miss Philippines 2013.

The festival starts on Friday, 4pm-11pm and continues Saturday, 11am-11pm and Sunday, 11am-11pm.

Vietnamese Community in Australia vice-president Davy Nguyen said that 2014 celebrates the Year of the Horse.

"The horse is a symbol of travelling, competition and victory," he said.

"Horses like to compete with others. They pursue their freedom, passion and leadership.

"That implies that people will have busy schedule for their goals in the Year of the Horse.

"Therefore, the Horse is connected to heat, fire and red . . . And red is also connected to love - it is treated as a romantic star in the Chinese horoscope."

People will also wear new clothes — particularly red.

"Many children also receive 'lucky money' in red envelopes and household doors are open to let good luck enter on Chinese New Year," he said.

"Family members engage in playing games, or setting off fireworks intended to drive away evil spirits."

Details: vietnamese.org.au.

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