2017 – Tết Đinh Dậu Lunar New Year of the "Fire Rooster"

Spring signals the time for flowers to blossom, and it’s the sacred time for Vietnamese people to express their respect and remembrance for their ancestors whilst welcoming the traditional New Year (TET) with their beloved family members.

Tet spirit was spreading all over the place in Ho Chi Minh City and Vietnam with many colourful decorations, fairs and flea markets along the main roads of the city centre. Amongst them was the TET FAIR on Wednesday 25th January at our two primary schools, which included all AIS primary parents, teachers and students.

At Thao Dien, the whole area was creatively decorated with lots of bright and stimulating students’ posters and art works. A musical and pictorial mosaic of Tet wishes, pictures of the 12 Zodiac Animals including the rooster – this year’s zodiac animal – Vietnamese hat mobiles, Tet leaves and flowers were dancing and winking jubilantly.

Incredible entertaining performances from the AIS students lifted up the whole atmosphere with happy Tet songs, fun chicken dance and drums being thumped skilfully in traditional Tet beats.

Meanwhile at Thu Thiem, we started with the Tet assembly in which we talked about the meaning of Tet. We had music performances, drum performance and the focus event was a fashion parade by all primary students. After that, we all joined the Tet fair in the cafeteria. There were 12 stalls in the fair. Some of the activities that students were able to participate in at the stalls included picking lucky envelopes from Mai and Dao trees, toy figurines, calligraphy, walking on Kieu bridge, can blaster, ring toss and wheel of fortune.

The whole area was delightfully decorated with red, yellow and many other colours and Tet flowers by all talented support teachers. Student art works were hanging everywhere – the colourful heart with Tet wishes on it.

To everyone on both campuses, it was a memorable time as we truly had a gracious day with our warm-hearted friends who are different in terms of nationalities and languages but all came together to learn about Vietnamese customs and cultures and to share happy memories in our new adopted home of Vietnam. It was so good to see a happy face on each student when they were handed out a small Tet gift prepared by the school. Our thanks to all the VN staff and parents who spent so much time and effort to make it such a wonderful day.

On behalf of the school, we wish all of you a very happy and successful year of the Rooster – 2017.

Chúc mừng năm mới!

On behalf of the Tet Committee