The Saints and Carnival are behind us. So is the New Year, except for one New Orleans community.
Celebrating is underway for the Vietnamese New Year. People near and far are in New Orleans East at Mary Queen of Vietnam Catholic Church for the festivities. Dat Nguyen is here with his family from Houston to take part in this special occasion with relatives.
"We get to see everybody that we haven't seen all year, you know sometimes we miss lots of holidays because we're at work in Houston and all that and it's nice to be able to come home every once in awhile," Nguyen said.
Everywhere you turned, Vietnamese food was being prepared.They were pouring the pho, frying the bananas, and wrapping the rolls.
Samantha Nguyen says this holiday is very extremely important to the Vietnamese community.
"It marks the beginning of a new year and everybody comes and wishes everybody a good new year, good health, prosperity and all that you want. It's very important to us because it's been going on for generation after generation and we keep the spirit going," Nguyen said.
This is the year of the tiger which many say slides right into the current upswing of events in New Orleans.
"I guess with the Saints winning the Super Bowl and with our election and a new political stance for the city, I'm excited because there are changes for the city and I'm hoping that it's going to be a better city," Samantha Nguyen said.
"In our Vietnamese community we came back strong since Katrina and we would like to be a big part of the community, big part of New Orleans," said Tet Festival Organizer Vinh Tran.
With the strength of a tiger and the power of a dragon, this community is ready to take on the New Year.
The start of the Lunar New Year was February 14th, but this festival in New Orleans started a little later because of Carnival.
Festivities continue through Sunday.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun