Photos: Feeding the dragon in the year of the snake

Children offer dragons money for good luck in the tradition of Tet, the Vietnamese New Year that is being celebrated Feb. 10-12 this year. The holiday is full of similar traditions. People are encouraged to set off firecrackers to chase away evil spirits. Wearing red clothes and preparing red food is supposed to symbolize wealth, happiness and luck. Also, people have an excuse not to clean up the day after; sweeping trash and the remains of exploded firecrackers would mean removing food, luck and money.  (Sun staff photo by Andrew Wig)

During an event at Augsburg Park Library in Richfield on Saturday, Feb. 2, children offer dragons money for good luck in the tradition of Tet, the Vietnamese New Year that is being celebrated Feb. 10-12 this year. The holiday is full of similar traditions. People are encouraged to set off firecrackers to chase away evil spirits. Wearing red clothes and preparing red food is supposed to symbolize wealth, happiness and luck. Also, people have an excuse not to clean up the day after; sweeping trash and the remains of exploded firecrackers would mean removing food, luck and money. (Sun staff photo by Andrew Wig)

Pharia Huynh of Richfield encourages her daughter to slip a dollar bill into the mouth of a dragon for good luck during a Tet celebration Feb. 2 at Augsburg Park Library in Richfield. (Sun staff photo by Andrew Wig)

Pharia Huynh of Richfield encourages her daughter to slip a dollar bill into the mouth of a dragon for good luck during a Tet celebration Feb. 2 at Augsburg Park Library in Richfield. (Sun staff photo by Andrew Wig)

 

Ky Ngo of Lakeville plays underneath a dragon as he prepares to perform Feb. 2 at Augsburg Library for the celebration of Tet, the Vietnamese New Year. (Sun staff photo by Andrew Wig)

Ky Ngo of Lakeville plays underneath a dragon as he prepares to perform Feb. 2 at Augsburg Library for the celebration of Tet, the Vietnamese New Year. (Sun staff photo by Andrew Wig)

 

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