Feb 142013

By Anne Marie Amacher

Young children from the Vietnamese Catholic community dance during a Lunar New Year celebration at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Davenport Feb. 10.

DAVENPORT — Hundreds of Vietnamese and people from other Asian cultures gathered to celebrate the Lunar New Year Feb. 10 at the Col Ballroom.
Father Hai Dinh kicked off the celebration with a Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral earlier in the day for the Vietnamese Catholic community.
He said this year instead of the Catholic community celebrating on its own, members decided to celebrate with the larger Asian community.
The Lunar New Year to the Vietnamese is “a time for family reunions, remembering ancestors, preparing traditional foods to share with others, visiting relatives, wishing friends the best, forgetting about troubles of the past and hoping for a fruitful year,” said Fr. Dinh.

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