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.