Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Seminary Community Celebrates Tet

A short photo essay by Br. Rene Alvarez

Tet, or the Vietnamese Lunar New Year, celebrates the arrival of spring based on the Vietnamese calendar.  This year is the year of the Rooster according to the Vietnamese zodiac calendar.  The celebration at Mount Angel Seminary this year began with Mass in the Mount Angel Abbey church.

A lion balancing act: The Lion Dance is known as mua lan in Vietnam.  Here the lion is doing a balancing act on a 5-gallon jug.  Acrobatics and martial arts are typical, mimicking the movements of a lion.

The lion is a symbol of power, wisdom, and good fortune that chases away evil spirits and brings happiness and good luck.

The lion visits at the tables with the families while they enjoy their meals.

The MAS quartet performed "Hornpipe" from Water Music by George Friedrich Handel as part of the celebration.  Quartet members from left to right: Mr. Raymond Phillip Napuli, Diocese of San Diego; Reverend Rory Pitstick, formation faculty; Mr. Luke Stager, Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon; Mr. Cheeyoon Chun, Diocese of Orange.

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