People from every corner of Vietnam gather at downtown areas Saturday night for Tet activities, just hours away from the Lunar New Year.
Crowds gather at Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem Lake for Tet fireworks
The Tet firework show should begin in Hanoi in another hour, but people have already surrounded the Hoan Kiem Lake to wait for it. Photos by VnExpress/Giang Huy
Foreigners enjoy a walk near the Hoan Kiem Lake just before midnight.
A family with children take a walk while carrying cat-shaped balloons with them.
People wait for firework show at HCMC’s Bach Dang Pier
There would still be another hour before the Tet firework show at the Thu Thiem Bridge, but people have already gathered at the Bach Dang Pier of District 1 in anticipation of the event. The location is one of the best spots to watch the fireworks, prompting many to come, even bringing mats to sit on the ground.
People gather near HCMC’s Bach Dang Pier to watch the Tet firework show, January 21, 2023. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran
Thua Thien-Hue fires low-altitude fireworks
At around 10 p.m., Thua Thien-Hue fired low-altitude fireworks for 9 minutes. Another session of high-altitude fireworks is expected to be launched for 15 minutes at midnight.
Low-altitude fireworks light up the sky in Thua Thien-Hue, January 21, 2023. Photo by VnExpress/Vo Thanh
Vietnamese in Canada make banh chung for Tet
Nguyen Thi Van, 26, this year spends the fifth Tet in Canada. One day before the Lunar New Year hits, she and her friends went to a Tet market to buy ingredients for banh chung (sticky rice cake).
Van and her group make banh chung for Tet in Canada. Photo by Nguyen Van
“Every year, I still make traditional Tet meals with banh chung, glass noodles and pork paste… so the entire family and some friends could gather and have fun,” Van said.
Workers still at work hours before midnight
At the Hanoi Railway Station, 11 workers cleaned up a train so it could depart the station at 8:20 p.m. to travel to HCMC. They have been working since 5 a.m. to do so.
A worker hoses down the outside of a train at the Hanoi Railway Station. Photo by VnExpress/Ngoc Thanh
Amid the hectic traffic of Hanoi, environment workers remain hard at work to clean up the streets.
Vo Thi Hau, 50, said she’s spent the last 30 years cleaning up the street every Lunar New Year.
“Everyone wants to be with their families, but the streets must be clean on the first day of Tet, so we all encourage each other and work happily,” she said.
Vo Thi Hau pushes a garbage cart on the streets of Hanoi, a smile on her face. Photo by VnExpress/Gia Chinh
Vietnamese in Japan celebrate Tet
This is the sixth year where Pham Thi Kim Yen celebrates Tet in Japan. Despite the fact that Japan no longer allows long holidays for the Lunar New Year Festival, this year the occassion falls on the weekends, meaning Yen and her friends get two days off for parties and pagoda visits.
Yen and her friends pose for a commemorative photo at their dorm in Nagano, Japan. Photo by Kim Yen
Yen, 34, has been shopping with her Vietnamese friends for Tet decorations and snacks for the past few days. She plans to call her family back home in Vietnam once midnight hits.
“The Lunar New Year comes to Japan two hours earlier than Vietnam, but as long as I call on the right day, my parents are happy,” Yen said.
People rush to downtown Hanoi
At 8 p.m., hundreds of people gather at the Trang Tien area ahead of the Lunar New Year, January 21, 2023. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy
Two firefighters pose for photos in Hanoi
Huy Truong and his family in Hoang Mai District pose for a commemorative photo near Hoan Kiem Lake as they wait for the Tet firework show
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