Happy Lunar New Year!!!

“Tết Tết Tết Tết đến rồi…”

Though it’s already my fourth year being away from home during Tết, I still couldn’t help but felt a little jealous while scrolling down my homepage and seeing my friends sharing their New Year Eve’s moments on Facebook… I miss the Tết atmosphere that is everywhere on the streets, in the air, in the houses and inside everyone’s heart and soul. I miss the đào, mai, bánh chưng, bánh tét, mâm ngũ quả. I miss that loving moment when our family gathered together in the living room while watching Táo quân. Mom. Dad. Little brother. My eager to start the countdown, watch fireworks with them and receive lucky money from mom and dad.

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Tet for international students is simple yet joyous because we have each other.

I know I’m not the only one who misses Tết. All of my friends, whether from the north, the south or the middle of Vietnam, share the same feeling. Lucky enough, Keuka College allows and supports us to celebrate Tết right on campus. Not only could we enjoy the Vietnamese thịt kho tàu served by the school, we could also plan ahead and organize our own Tet celebration. We reserved a room for everyone on campus to join us and sing karaoke through Keuka College International Club (KCIC) while eating bánh chưng, bánh đậu xanh, etc.

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Thịt kho tàu prepared by Keuka College.
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It’s funny how we’ve realized these common snacks taste so much better when we’re abroad!

Dr. Jorge L. Díaz-Herrera, President of Keuka College, and Mr. Mark J. Petrie, VP of Enrollment Management, also came joined our karaoke night. They were both very excited to learn how to make paper lanterns and celebrate the Lunar New Year’s Eve.

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Dr. Jorge L. Díaz-Herrera (right) and Mr. Mark J. Petrie (left) are learning to make paper lanterns.
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My fellow Vietnamese and Chinese students with our two “surprising” guests.
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The tradition of giving and receiving lucky money is also maintained at Keuka College. Trung is the oldest one among Vietnamese students so he’s giving away his red envelops to others.
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Tet is never complete without having đào or mai. Some of my friends “used” this opportunity to dress up in Vietnamese traditional costumes and strike a pose!
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We made red paper lanterns hanging in every corner of the room to substitute with đào and hope this lucky color with bring us a lucky year!

Happy Lunar New Year everyone!

Chúc mừng năm mới an lành hạnh phúc đến mọi người!

xx

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