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Happenings in Little Saigon
Asian Garden Mall hosts the annual Flower Festival during the two weeks or so preceeding Tet, the Vietnamese Lunar New Year celebration. Because the event is based on the new moon, it can be held anywhere between late January and late February. Vendors sell fresh flowers (including orchids, mums and gladiolus), plants (including magnolia and citrus trees) and fruit along with traditional Vietnamese New Year gifts.
The 9th Flower Festival begins on Friday, January 25, 2013 and runs through Friday, February 8, 2013. On Sunday, February 10 (Vietnamese New Year’s Day) the 3rd annual Fireworks Show will be held in front of Asian Garden Mall. The Flower Festival runs from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm daily.
“Asian Garden Outdoor Night Market” is a summertime event held in Little Saigon at Asian Garden Mall located at 9200 Bolsa Avenue, Westminster, CA 92683. The Mall is the largest majority Vietnamese-owned and operated mall in America and a one-of-a-kind shopping experience. During the summer, vendors set up tents in the front parking lot to exhibit a wide variety of items, clothing, arts and crafts, and lots of food! Live entertainment will be held on Fridays and Saturday from 7:00 to11:00 pm and on Sundays from 7:00 to10:00 pm.
A Brief History of Little Saigon
On June 17, 1988, then-Governor of California, George Deukmejian, came to Westminster and officially dedicated the name "Little Saigon" to the area bordered by Westminster Boulevard, Bolsa Avenue, Magnolia Street, and Euclid Street.
After the Vietnam War ended on April 30, 1975, a huge wave of Vietnamese refugees left their homeland and resettled in the United States. The largest concentration of the refugees settled in Westminster, California. Little Saigon evolved in the mid-1970's when refugees from the Vietnam War settled in the area because of the climate, the prospect of reunions with friends, and job opportunities.
In September 1989, the Westminster City Council designated Little Saigon a tourist zone and special redevelopment project. This roughly three square mile area is the home of more than 3500 Vietnamese-American businesses. A few started as early as 1977.
The heart of Little Saigon, is located on a mile-long strip of Bolsa Avenue between Magnolia Avenue to the west and Brookhurst Avenue to the east. Little Saigon is a major tourist attraction representing the largest concentration of shopping and Vietnamese cultural amenities in the world outside Vietnam. Popular Little Saigon attractions include the Asian Garden Mall, a 150,000 square foot shopping place of ethnic boutiques, shops, cafesŃˇnd the largest gold jewelry mart under one roof in the United States.
Little Saigon represents for many Southeast Asians a tie to their past and a gateway to their future.
Among the top entertainment attractions in Orange County, Little Saigon has all the dimensions of an exciting and diversified Asian experience.
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