Video: Lunar New Year celebration at Phở Aroma with Âu Lạc Vovinam Lion Dance Team

February 1, 2014 at 10:27 pm | In Holidays, West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 3 Comments

With drums, dancing, and firecrackers, the Lunar New Year was celebrated this afternoon by the North Delridge Vietnamese restaurant Phở Aroma, which brought in the West Seattle-based Âu Lạc Vovinam Lion Dance Team – see and hear for yourself in our short video clip:

The Lion Dance is a tradition aimed at scaring away evil spirits:

Behind-the-scenes photos ahead:

Takes some work to get the firecrackers set up:

Then the costumes await:

And members of the dance team (which just marked its 5th anniversary):

Dressed in holiday elegance, restaurant owners Scott Dang and Melinda Nguyen:

The first day of the New Year was actually Friday – but the Vietnamese celebration, Tết, lasts more than just one day. This, by the way, is the Year of the Horse.

3 Comments

  1. We went to the celebration in the International District which was good but crowded. Next year we’re staying in West Seattle; this video looks great!

    Comment by Mary — 10:55 pm February 1, 2014 #

  2. We wanted to go, but the kid got sick. It looks like a wonderful celebration!

    Comment by Sicky — 2:17 pm February 2, 2014 #

  3. Feb 5 2014

    “Year of the Horse” Health& Happy New Year.
    “Pho Aroma” Restaurant when you are in Seattle.
    “The Best Pho” Just watch the Seahawks the Super
    Bowl Champions! today on kirotv.com Celebrate
    Awesome! Go Seahawks!!!
    Best Wishes Yours sincerely
    Theresa

    Comment by Theresa Yee — 2:36 pm February 5, 2014 #

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