February 9–May 6, 2018
Through the Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tết Festival exhibition, children and their parents will delight in the beauty, sights and sounds of Vietnam through its most important celebration of the year, Tết. The Tết Festival in Vietnam is the most important celebration of the year for Vietnamese families. It is the time when families come together, often travelling back to their home towns, to eat special foods, play games, share their reflections on the past year and their wishes for the year to come. Special preparations—food, decorations, clothing-- are made for the home, respect is paid to elders and ancestors, debts are repaid, lucky money is given to children, and community celebrations include the singing of special Tết songs, parades, visits to the temple, games and contests.
The exhibition will engage visitors with the traditions of Tết and learn more about Vietnam in general through fun and exciting experiences and immersive environments. The Marketplace experience is the perfect place to select traditional flowers and faux food items to prepare for the celebration. Back in the Home section of the exhibit, families can pose for interactive family photos, dressing up in customary Ao Dai. Children can try on a giant Lion Dance Mask and engage with the parades, games, and music that allow families to share the festivities with others. It is perpetually midnight in the Courtyard area of the exhibit where the visitor-created Fireworks burst in the night sky and signal the coming of the New Year.
Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tết Festival was created by Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, and is part of the Freeman Foundation Asian Culture Exhibit Series, funded by The Freeman Foundation and administered by Association of Children’s Museums.