Tucson lunar new year celebrations also celebrate coming birthday of centenarian

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Celebrations for the Vietnamese lunar new year continued this weekend in Tucson, but there was another reason to party Sunday.

TUCSON, Ariz. -- A member of the Vietnamese community is possibly the oldest Tucsonan, and she's about to add on another year.

There have been many birthdays for Hiep Nguyen.  But the community gathered at our lady of la vang catholic vietnamese parish to help her celebrate this one in style.

Hiep will reach 110 in March, but she isn't shying away from her age.  In fact, she's soaking it up.

Speaking through a translator, Hiep talks about being the center of the festivities, "She loves it.  She loves being the center of attention, she loves being surrounded by people."

Hiep spent most of her life in Vietnam and arrived to the U.S. in 1990.  Her oldest child is 75-years-old.

And perhaps the youngest on the family tree, her 1-year-old grandson.

"I've never met someone who is 110-years-old."

"Imagine all the experiences that she's lived through in Vietnam and now here in the United States it was a great joy to celebrate her birthday with her," said Bishop Kicanas.

There's no telling what the year of the cat will bring for Hiep. The soon-to-be super-centenarian says her family and her faith make every day interesting.

Hiep says she considered her move away from Vietnam and to the U.S. as her second chance at life.