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 … [Read more...] about Vietnam celebrates Tet Lunar New Year
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Customers crowded into the Tan Hoang Huong bakery in Santa Ana several days before the lunar new year. Gifts of candies and dried fruit wrapped in red cellophane lined the walls. And the sweet fragrance of banh chung, rice cakes wrapped in banana leaves and stuffed with mung beans and pork belly, filled the air. Ailinh Nguyen had already picked up nine banh chung that she planned to give to her parents and friends, then realized she wanted one more for herself in time for Tet, the Vietnamese lunar new year. So she drove from her home in Mission Viejo back to the bakery Thursday afternoon and squealed with delight as she snapped up the last cake on the counter. "During Tet, you have to eat banh chung because it's tradition," Nguyen said. "I love the taste of banh chung, but to me, [it] tastes more tasteful during Tet." The lunar new year, which was celebrated Sunday, is regarded as the most important cultural holiday among Vietnamese, Chinese and some Koreans. This year they … [Read more...] about Celebrating the new year with a taste of the past
The festive season is a time to celebrate and make merry with family and friends. This year, the two important holidays, Christmas and New Year fall on the weekend so people have more time to relax and enjoy entertainment and dining with family and friends. In the Daily's issues on Dec. 10 & 17, TravelLiving features Chritsmas and New Year programs of hotels and tourist areas under the management of Saigontourist. Here are some more interesting venues for you to choose for your holidays. ENTERTAINMENT ACTIVITIES Christmas decoration at the Atrium Cafe of the Legend Hotel Saigon - Photo: Courtesy of the hotel *September 23 Park in HCMC's District 1: The fifth "Tastes of the World" festival will take place from Dec. 26 until Jan. 2 in the park with 60 booths from 24 countries. Apart from honoring local and international cuisines, the festival features a bartender contest, a ceremony to set Vietnam's record for the biggest banh xeo (pancake), and a cooking contest with … [Read more...] about Where to celebrate Christmas and New Year?
Phu Yen Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism has launched plans to organize the activities to celebrate the Party, the spring, welcoming Quy Ty Lunar New Year2013. Under the plan, the Department will organize promotion activities, exhibitions to celebrate the 83rd anniversary of the Establishing day of Viet Nam Communist Party and Quy Ty Lunar new year (February 3rd); Spring Melody Festival(January 29th -February 3rd); spring flower festival (February 5th - February 8th; spring art exhibition (February 5th - February 24th); Art program themed "Spring Style" in the evening of February 9th. All activities take place at the Dien Hong cultural house. In addition, the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism is responsible for incense offering activities at Nhan Mountain Commemorating House, Lawyer Nguyen Huu Tho display and memorable house (February 3rd); film projecting at Hung Dao cinema; mobile movie projecting for people in remote areas; coordinating units to organize … [Read more...] about Activities to be deployed to welcome the joyful Quy Ty Lunar New Year 2013
As many as 287 passengers came from Germany and 256 others from the UK on Vietnam Airlines' flights were the honoured guests of Ho Chi Minh City at a ceremony to welcome first foreign visitors on the New Year Day. In 2011, the city received over 3.5 million foreign tourists and plans to welcome about 3.9 million foreign visitors in 2012. Meanwhile, the northern coastal province of Quang Ninh presented flowers to the first foreign tourists to Ha Long Bay, the one of the UNESCO-recognised World Culture Heritage sites. Nearly 100 Chinese and Japanese visitors boarded boats at Bai Chay port early morning for sight-seeing cruise. According to the provincial Culture, Sports and Tourism Department, by noon, about 5,000 domestic and foreign tourists went on tours of the bay. Quang Ninh served 6.2 million tourists, both domestic and international, in 2011 and aims to attract 7 million visitors this year. Hanoi also held a "Hanoi Tourism Day" in front of Ly Thai To Statue next … [Read more...] about Visitors arrive in droves on New Year Day