Lunar Moon Festival And VSA

During this past semester, I had the pleasure of taking part in the Vietnamese Student’s Association. While being a part of this group I got to plan, and take part in, one of the biggest events we host during the Fall semester. The Lunar Moon Festival is where anyone who wants to see Vietnamese performances and enjoy free food on campus.Even though I wasn’t a member that was on the executive board, I still enjoyed getting to help set up for the event. I also performed a traditional style Vietnamese dance with 5 other girls in my sorority. We also got to wear traditional dresses, called ao dai. To my surprise, ao dai can cost hundreds of dollars since everything is hand embroidered and was made out of silk. Needless to say, I was very careful not to let anything happen to that dress. My group only had about 2 weeks to learn the 3-minute dance. We had to end up practicing at very late hours in the evening since a lot of people had work, myself included. We used colorful lanterns as props and danced to a Vietnamese song about the love for one’s country. One of our longest practices went for about 3 hours. It was the last practice before the event, and we wanted to make sure everything was show ready. We locked ourselves in a room and ran the dance over and over again. Sadly, I don’t have a video of the performance because I couldn’t find anyone to record it in time. However, I do have some pictures, and i will insert them down below. Performing with these girls was a great experience, and I would be happy to do it again in a heartbeat. The other booths were great too. The Filipino Student Association, Asian fraternities and sororities, as well as the Taiko Drumming club were there. Each booth cultural games or had homemade food for you to try. Overall it ended in another successful year, and I’ll be looking forward to the next event VSA will be hosting. 14470412_272093249857072_2262298423977059606_n 14502710_272093123190418_6978224018256009915_n

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