Little Saigon district kicks off Lunar New Year at BPL branch

Tallis Alvarado checks out the scene while Kylie Tran celebrates full throttle during the Tét New Year event at the Fields Corner branch library.

The neighborhood’s Lunar (Tét) New Year celebrations kicked off last Sat., Jan. 27, at the Fields Corner branch of the Boston Public Library with a family celebration hosted by the BPL and the Boston Little Saigon district.

Hundreds were in attendance for the afternoon festivities, which featured music, dance, traditional foods and deserts, and Tét-themed crafts – like flowering tree pictures and lanterns.

Branch Librarian Kim McCleary, Boston Little Saigon director Annie Le, Librarian Thanh Nguyen, and Librarian Liz Blake. Seth Daniel photos

The Tét New Year falls on Feb. 10 this year and it is the year of the dragon – which hasn’t been the case since 2012. There was also a new year’s celebration by the Dorchester Family Engagement Network on Saturday at the Boys & Girls Club of Dorchester.

Upcoming events include:

•Tét New Year celebration at the Family Nurturing Center, 278 Bowdoin St., Feb. 3, 11 a.m.

•Banh Chung, hosted by Cultural Empowerment of Randolph, in Randolph, Feb. 3, 1-4 p.m.

•St. Ambrose parish in Fields Corner will host its Tét New Year Mass and celebration on Sat., Feb. 3, at 4 p.m. with a reception in the church afterwards.

•Dorchester’s Vietnamese American Community of Massachusetts will host their 35th annual Tét in Boston celebration at the Flynn Cruiseport in the Seaport, 1 Black Falcon Ave., Feb. 4, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Performances from HUSH Crew, Rainbow Adult Day Health Care dancers, and the Boston Latin School dance club.

•VietAID will host its Tét New Year event on Feb. 17, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Fraternal twins Hunter and Hudson Nguyen in traditional dress at the Fields Corner Library on Saturday for the Tét New Year.

Anna Tran makes a flowering tree picture – one of the more popular crafts done on Saturday. The flowering trees symbolize warmth, wealth, and good luck in the new year.

Yasmeen Fernandes, a student at the Mather Elementary School, learns about the traditional Tét New Year candies as she fills her plate with goodies.

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