FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I attend Tet Nguyen Dan, the Vietnamese Lunar New Year Festival?

What is the theme for this years Tet Festival?

When was Tet In Seattle created?

Who are the current Organizing Committee members?

Is Tet In Seattle a non-profit organization?

Where does Tet In Seattle get its funds?

Are the events free?

Who are the professional performers?

What is available at Tet Festival, besides the different programs throughout the day?

Is there a map giving directions to Seattle Center and the festival site?

What is Festal?


Why should I attend Tet Nguyen Dan, the Vietnamese Lunar New Year Festival?

There are many reasons for you to attend the Tet celebration. There are activities for people of all ethnics backgrounds to explore and to learn more about the customs, traditions, and heritage of the Vietnamese community. There are also various performances and games for all ages to enjoy and celebrate Tet Nguyen Dan. Finally, there are exhibits that showcase the customs of Tet as well as the theme. Come to Tet and join the fun as we celebrate the Vietnamese Lunar New Year.

To regard Tet simply as New Year’s Day, as one would in the West, would display a poor knowledge of the people of Vietnam.

What is this year’s Theme?

Please follow this link to learn more about this year’s theme

When was Tet In Seattle created?

In 1996, four organizations, Helping Link, UW VSA, Hoi Vo Thuat Thieu Nien Tacoma, and Lien Doan Huong Dao Viet Hung, worked together to conceive of Tet In Seattle. The goal was to create a venue for the Vietnamese community to together celebrate Tet Nguyen Dan, the Vietnamese Lunar New Year. By mid-1998, Tet in Seattle became its own organization and was ran by an Organizing Committee, which is made up of individuals who volunteered as a member of Tet In Seattle. Some individuals from the four organization continued their involvement with their organizations as well as with Tet In Seattle.

Who are the current Organizing Committee members?

Please click here to learn more about this year’s Organizing Committee members

Is Tet In Seattle a non-profit organization?

Yes, Tet In Seattle is a non-profit organization. TIS was awarded 501(c)(3) status in 2002.

Where does Tet In Seattle get its funds?

TIS is made possible only by the generous donations and grants from the community. We receive funding from various sources including personal and business donations, grants. TIS also generate funds by providing corporations and businesses with sponsorship packages, by selling booth spaces during the festival, and by selling ticket to the Thinh Phong program in those years which Thinh Phong is held. Additionally, as part of Seattle Center’s Festal, which is a year-round celebration of different cultural festivals, we receive a small festival grant and in-kind donation from the Seattle Center in the use of its facilities. Throughout the year, TIS volunteers raise funds by participating in community events such as working at Seahawk Football Games. All proceeds go to the organizational costs, administrative costs, marketing costs, fees and honoraria. TIS aims to produce quality programs that are within our annual operating budget. We continually review our projected income and expenses with the intent of balancing our budget and remain in the “black” at the end of each festival fiscal year. Any net gain at the end of a festival fiscal year is rolled-over to the next year as seed money to develop new programs in the future.

Are the events free?

With the help of our Sponsors and Supporters, ALL events are FREE, with the exception of Thinh Phong (An Evening of Music).

Who are the professional performers?

Please click here to learn more about this year’s performers

What events are kid-oriented?

Events for children will spark their interest and awareness of Vietnamese roots, tradition, language and identity. The Children Program allows children to see themselves and others their own age in traditional costumes and talk about customs and traditions. For three consecutive years, Tet In Seattle hosts various games, projects and craft-making in an on-going event called Kids ‘n Tet.

What is available at the Festival besides the different programs throughout the day?

There are many on-going activities during the 2 day festival, including exhibits, kids activities, games and food. Please click here for on-going exhibits, booths and activities.

Is there a map with directions to Seattle Center and the festival site?

Please click here for map of Seattle Center.

What is Festal?

Tet In Seattle is delighted to be a part of the Festal, a series of community cultural festivals celebrating the richness and diversity of this region. For more information about the specific festivals and the participating ethnic communities, please visit Festal. Tet In Seattle is proud to collaborate with Seattle Center to help strengthen the region’s cultural diversity through the celebration of Tet.

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