Vietnamese New Year

January 24, 2012 by staff 

Vietnamese New Year, The Vietnamese Tet Lunar New Year Festival epitomizes the very essence and cultural identity of the country and brings in renewed energy and momentum in everyone. The whole country has entered 2012, the ‘Year of the Dragon’ with new hope and happiness for a prosperous year as the Vietnamese people believe the dragon will bring in good luck and better prospects in all aspects of life may it be economy, politics or even national defense.

Hanoi, Bac Ninh welcome a chilly cold New Year

Undeterred by the cold weather and light rain, thousands of people came to attend New Year Eve celebrations round Hoan Kiem Lake late into the night of January 22.

This year the streets from Dinh Tien Hoang, Ly Thai To, Lang Ha to Giang Vo, Nguyen Chi Thanh…were adorned with colourful banners, flowers and lights.

At the hour of midnight, fireworks burst forth at 29 traditional spots in Hanoi lighting the dark sky with hundreds of thousands of people enthralled in the spectacle. Hundreds of policemen and soldiers were deployed to keep order in the city and allow all to enjoy the festive atmosphere happily and joyfully.

Since early hours today morning, the first day of the New Year people have flocked to temples and pagodas to pray for health and prosperity for their family members and friends.

Last night, thousands of people also flocked to the biggest flower festival ever held in the capital city. The event was held in front of Ly Thai To Statue next to Hoan Kiem Lake.

The four-day festival titled “Rendezvous of Streets and Flowers” was organized along Dinh Tien Hoang Street and around the lake. Young and old visited Dinh Tien Hoang Street over the past two days to contemplate the artworks and creative floral sculptures and take photos. Some even brought laptops along with them to make video films.

The beauty of Hanoi was recaptured with a giant flower work titled ‘Xe Dap Hoa’, featuring bicycles carrying flowers in the early morning hours along Thanh Nien Road by the side of West Lake.

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