Diana Vo Kahle remembers celebrating Lunar New Year while growing up in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam by getting a haircut, a new wardrobe and receiving money in bright red envelopes, meant to symbolize good luck and prosperity for the new year.
Since moving to California, she has a different Lunar New Year tradition — visiting Las Vegas.
“Every year, we come here,” Kahle said. “I feel like the United States is carrying everybody, and I have the opportunity and freedom so these holidays are really important to me and I always have to celebrate.”
Celebrated in several East Asian countries such as China, South Korea and Vietnam, the holiday is seen as a time to spend with family and incorporates traditions that invite good health, prosperity and wealth. It typically takes place for about two weeks.