Tet Festival in Orange County under way; it honors the past, celebrates Lunar New Year

COSTA MESA – A village frozen in time – before the war, before communism, before a mass exodus from Vietnam.

A village re-created amid the modern suburbia of Costa Mesa – as a celebration of the past, of home and of tradition.

The annual Tet Festival, which kicked off Friday evening at the OC Fair & Event Center, is a three-day celebration of the Lunar New Year, which begins Saturday and is a time for those in the Little Saigon community to remember the past and look forward with hope at the year to come. Some 50,000 people are expected to attend the festival during its three-day run.

The festival, organized by the Union of Vietnamese Student Associations, blends history with the contemporary: There are Asian-fusion food trucks and performers singing modern pop music and a beauty pageant. But there is also the Cultural Village, expanded from past years, that…

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