Tuesday , July 16 2024

Vietnamese flock to streets for New Year celebrations

People are flocking to downtown areas of Hanoi, HCMC and other cities across Vietnam as they wait for New Year’s Eve Sunday night, with traffic congested on several roads.

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  • 20h50

    Musical performance in HCMC walking street

    Người dân cả nước đổ ra đường đón năm mới

    People dance along a musical performance on Nguyen Hue walking street in HCMC. Video by Thanh Tung

  • 19h45

    Hue people await countdown ceremony


    Thousands in Hue pour out the street for New Year’s Eve

    On the last day of 2023, weather of Thua Thien-Hue is cool, and many people have gone down Hung Vuong Street of downtown Hue to wait for the New Year. The countdown event will feature music shows, including EDM performances.

    There will also be a fireworks show at the city. Restaurants on Vo Thi Sau and Chu Van An streets have been full of customers.

    At 8 p.m., the music show began, but people had been at the site an hour prior. Barricades have been erected around the area to maintain safety, while authorities have been in pace to re-route traffic.

  • 19h40

    Crowds gather at Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem Lake

    People gathered in downtown Hanoi starting 7 p.m. for entertainment and waiting for New Year’s Eve. Cau Go-Dinh Tien Hoang area quickly became full of people waiting for the countdown event at the Dong Kinh Nghia Thuc Square.


    Thousands gather at Cau Go-Dinh Tien Hoang intersection to watch music shows. Photo by Giang Huy

    The temperature is at 22 degrees. Monitoring stations of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment revealed that air quality has improved considerably compared to two days ago.

    Several families said they wanted to go out early to avoid crowds.


    New year decoration on Dinh Tien Hoang Street. Photo by Giang Huy

    Roads like Hue and Hai Ba Trung saw increased numbers of vehicles. Parking lots along Hang Bai and Ly Thuong Kiet streets have also been rendered full, with several vehicles being parked directly on the roads.


    Young people gather on Dinh Tien Hoang Street. Photo by Giang Huy

  • 19h35

    Saigon River park is packed

    People have crowded up at the park along the Saigon River in Thu Duc City, where a musical stage has been put up to serve the countdown party.


    People gather at the Saigon River park in Thu Duc City. Photo by Quynh Tran

    All roads leading to the park have been congested.

    Many people have already secured their places on streets in the Thu Thiem area to watch the fireworks.


    People cross the Ba Son Bridge to enter the park along the Saigon River in Thu Duc. Photo by Quynh Tran

    Police officers have been deployed to Ba Son Bridge to circulate traffic, as many people crossed it to enter the Saigon River park for the countdown party.

  • 19h30

    Saigonese enjoy favorable weather

    People began to flock to downtown areas starting 7 p.m., with several streets like Le Duan, Dong Khoi, Ton Duc Thang congested. Parking lots have also been rendered full.


    People flock to the Nguyen Hue walking street in District 1 for music shows. Photo by Thanh Tung

    At a parking lot in the basement of a building on Dong Khoi Street, people have also parked vehicles con the sidewalks, but spots have also run out from 6 p.m.

    Hoang, 30, saif he had to spend an hour to look for a parking space.

    “Now I have to look for a lot, a kilometer away, then walk back to the walking street.”

    HCMC’s weather is favorable for entertainment activites, despite a rain in the afternoon.

  • 19h15

    In Hanoi, the countdown event began at 7:30 p.m. at the Cach Mang Thang Tam Square near the Hanoi Opera House, with the participation of several artists like My Linh, Blacka, DJ Quintino and JustaTee.

    In several other localities like Da Nang, Hue, Nha Trang, Da Lat and Vung Tau, other ceremonies and celebrations are also available to welcome the New Year.

  • 19h00

    Firework shows at two HCMC locations

    The southern metropolis will launch fireworks for 15 minutes, from 12 a.m. to 12:15 a.m., at the beginning of the Saigon River tunnel in Thu Duc City and the Dam Sen cultural park in District 11.


    Large numbers of vehicles are seen on Ton Duc Thang Street, HCMC’s District 1. Photo by VnExpress/Dinh Van

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