On Friday, January 31st, St. Patrick's Seminary hosted its celebration of the 2020 Lunar New Year, which included the Holy Mass and traditional Vietnamese New Year food and music. We also had some fireworks and dancing dragons to add to the festivities courtesy of the Dragon Dancing Group.
The Holy Mass was done in Vietnamese and its melodious music was provided by the Fatima Choir of St. Francis of Assisi Parish and its Choir Director, Mrs. Thanh Binh. We were blessed with Rev. John Hoang as the celebrant and Rev. Mr. Joseph Phuc Tran as deacon, both from the Diocese of San Jose. They were assisted by Rev. Mr. Ian Quito as deacon, along with the rest of St. Patrick seminarians. Mr. Hinh Vo and Mrs. Minh Tam were our lectors.
The Lunar New Year, also known as Tết or Tết Nguyên Đán, is an important festival for the Vietnamese people and several other countries in eastern Asia. It is a time for us to remember family and celebrate by eating traditional, homemade Vietnamese food, participating in the dragon dance, and enjoying traditional dancing and singing. Our celebration followed the Mass in Riordan Hall.
St. Patrick's Seminary is blessed to have such an active Asian community supporting our mission. God bless you all.
Please enjoy our slideshow of the day's events below.