Lunar New Year (Tet) Festival
Tet, the Lunar New Year, is the most celebrated holiday in many Asian cultures, particularly in the Vietnamese, Chinese, and Korean communities. It marks the beginning of Spring and a time for people to start anew. It is also a great time of reunion with families and friends.
Since 1988, AVA has been organizing the Lunar New Year Tet Festival in Maryland to maintain and preserve Vietnamese customs and traditions, with quality entertainment program. This is the biggest annual event in the Vietnamese community in Maryland, with more than 2,000 attendees each year.
What’s a better way to start off the Lunar New Year than delicious Vietnamese specialty dishes, and traditional desserts and drinks? At the same time, sit back and enjoy the best Tet entertainment show in the Washington D.C. area with the energetic Dragon Dance, the beautiful Miss Ao Dai Pageant, and the adorable Children Pageant Contest (Thi Tre Em Dep).
Annual Picnic for Academic Awards and Scholarships
A special event to recognize outstanding Vietnamese American students attending Maryland public schools for their excellence in academic performance, leadership skills and community involvement.
For the last twenty eight years, AVA has organized an annual Academic Awards Ceremony to recognize outstanding Vietnamese American students attending Maryland public schools for their excellence in academic performance, leadership skills and community involvement. Last year, AVA recognized over 90 students who were nominated by their Montgomery County public schools.
In addition to the student academic awards, each year, we will give out two $1,000 college scholarships and will also recognize teachers and counselors for their contributions to Vietnamese American students’ academic success, and for helping to enrich the students’ lives. The awards ceremony will be followed by a community picnic which students, parents, and other Vietnamese community members are invited to attend.