Tulsa Woman Honors Her Culture By Ringing In The New Year

Friday, January 31st 2014, 5:21 pm
By: News On 6

Happy New Year! In many counties like China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam, Friday began the year of the horse. One Tulsa business owner celebrated the New Year traditions of Vietnam.

Oanh Nguyen came to this country with her family 20 years ago. She got a degree from OSU, bought a business, and she's been working at growing it ever since.

She likes to share the Vietnamese New Year traditions with her co-workers and clients. Tony Bui is one of those co-workers.

"This tree compares to, like, your Christmas tree, we have our blossom tree," Bui said.

Envelopes hang on the tree and are gifts containing, what he called lucky money. He said there are traditional New Year's greetings too.

"The most popular one I think, 'may money flow in like water so that year you'll make more money," said Bui.

Lots of traditional foods too, a sticky rice loaf; there's pork in the middle surrounded by mung beans and sticky rice on the outside.

This is the year of the horse Nguyen said, and there are 12 different animals in this Vietnamese lunar calendar; starting with the rat.

"Ox, tiger, a cat, dragon, snake, a horse, goat, a monkey, a rooster, a dog, boar," are the others, said Nguyen.

Fire crackers are also part of the New Year tradition - setting one long string for good luck.