Tet Celebration Event 2019 -Year of the Pig
Our Tet (Lunar New Year) event is held every year on a Saturday during February school mid-term break
Tet 2019 will be held on Saturday 23rd February
Venue & Details will be sent to members via email
Tickets for Tet 2019
Due to growing demand We would urge you to book as soon as possible
Bookings will close on Friday 1st of February 2019 or earlier if capacity is reached and we will not accept last minute arrivals on the day.
Cinema room available from 7.30pm to the children with Hot Chocolate and Marshmallows during the film
Doors open at 12.00pm
Lunch for children is served at the table at 12:30 sharp!
Please arrange for young children to be seated by 12:30 sharp
Adults meal will be available on buffet
Dessert will be served at tables
Special room rates available for members attending Tet. Details in email sent to all members.
Entertainment generally includes:
Vietnamese Traditional Dancing
Vietnamese stall – Souvenirs will be for sale in support of a Vietnamese Charity.
Magic Show or Puppeteer
Zumba Dancing – For Kids and Adults
Fran the photographer – Professional pictures taken on the day
Red Envelope – Each child will receive a lucky envelope and some surprises at the door
Arts & Crafts plus Wishing Tree
Kids Nail Artist
Toddler Activity Area
The Vietnamese Lunar Calendar or Zodiac
It is a tradition in the Western world to associate each individual’s astrological and spiritual characteristics with the month during which they were born. Born in October, you’re a Libra, dedicated to keeping the universe in a working balance, yet hard-pressed to make a firm decision. Born under the sign of Taurus, you acquire one of the characteristics of the Bull: pride. The other astrological signs on the solar chart all carry with them certain unique characteristics which are embraced by those falling under them.
In the Chinese tradition (which is followed quite closely by Vietnam) , however, astrology does not run quite the same course. Legend has it that the Jade Emperor, after having organized and conducted a race between all of nature’s animals, selected the first twelve winners in the order in which they finished, and created a lunar calendar based on the twelve finalists. Unlike the solar calendar, which repeats the same pattern year after year, the Chinese lunar calendar changes every year, with each year embodying one of the twelve animals.
In the 21th century there are 3 years where the Lunar New Year begins at different dates in Vietnam and in China. In 2007 the Vietnamese New Year is on 17/02/2007, the Chinese one on 18/02/2007. In 2030 the dates are 02/02/2030 and 03/02/2030, and in 2053 they are 18/02/2053 and 19/02/2053.
The years alternate in a twelve-year pattern, making the number 12 the central theme in its organization. People born in that year will become that animal, taking on its characteristics and identifying with it for their entire lives.
The rat comes first, then the ox or buffalo, followed in order by the tiger, cat, dragon, snake, horse, goat or ram, monkey, rooster, dog, and lastly, the pig.
Of these animals one is mythical (the dragon) and four (rat, tiger, snake and monkey) are wild, shunning contact with humans. Seven are domesticated. Every twelve years, the sponsorship reverts to the same animal. The years 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012 are dragon years.
In the Vietnamese zodiac, the “cat” replaces the “rabbit” in the Chinese zodiac. Thus, a child born in the Chinese year of the rabbit was also born in the Vietnamese year of the cat. In addition the Vietnamese replace the Chinese “sheep” with “goat” (however, the word for the two animals is the same in Chinese). The Vietnamese zodiac uses the same animals as the Chinese zodiac for the remaining 10 years, though the “ox” or “cow” of the Chinese zodiac is usually considered to be a water buffalo in the Vietnamese zodiac.
2019: Year of the Pig –