Photo essay - Catholic sisters in the provinces of Thua Thien Hue and Yen Bai in Vietnam offered traditional food and hosted festivities so those in need could celebrate the Lunar New Year, or Tet festival.
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At Tet Trung Thu, or Vietnam's Mid-Autumn Festival, sisters organized events for children, such as heart patients and orphans, who otherwise wouldn't have been able to join one of the country's biggest celebrations.
In Vietnam, secular institutes draw women from all walks of life. Due to the lifestyle's flexibility, they feel they can both follow religious life and discreetly serve others in a more intimate capacity, many told GSR.