Lunar New Year Charity Event by Local Vietnamese Community


Emily Duong, Contributor

This year, the local Vietnamese community is bringing back their annual Lunar New Year charity event celebration for the first time since early 2020 and the pandemic (in Vietnamese, Lunar New Year is known as Tết, pronounced “thut”). To learn more about Lunar New Year, you can read this article from last year’s holiday. This event is open to all and will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2023, at 6pm.

Admission is free, and a delicious variety of Vietnamese food, drinks, and desserts will be available for purchase, all provided and sold by the local Vietnamese community. There will also be live music, the traditional dragon dance, a photo booth, a raffle event, and even lucky money given to children (yes, high schoolers included). As stated by lead organizer Thu Duong Smith, her favorite part about organizing this event is “bringing people together” and “keeping Tết traditions in the Viet community, especially in the young generation” here.

All proceeds from this event will go to the organization Abandoned Little Angels, a Houston-based charity whose mission is to aid orphaned and disabled children in Vietnam. You can click HERE to learn more. “Seeing people’s generosity and good hearts to donate and support the abandoned and handicapped children in Vietnam” is what Smith states is the most touching aspect of this event.

The venue, the Omega Center, is at 181 Import Circle NW, Huntsville, AL 35806. If you have any questions, you can contact any of the four organizers. Hope to see you there to celebrate Lunar New Year and support this fundraising event!

  • Thu Duong Smith: (256) 508-0222
  • Cindy Kinh Lai: (256) 714-0416
  • Thuy Le: (256) 797-0350
  • Kim Anh Tran: (256) 441-1285