Update news new year
To buy gold for luck on the God of Wealth Day (the 10th day of the lunar year - January 31), many Hanoians queued in front of gold shops on Tran Nhan Tong and Cau Giay streets from 3 am.
The majority of workers of businesses and factories in Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong and Dong Nai provinces, three major industrial hubs in the south, have returned to work after a long Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday, local authorities said.
Despite the cold weather, thousands of people flocked to the Huong (Perfume) Pagoda Festival in Huong Son commune, Hanoi’s outlying district of My Duc on the opening day to celebrate the new year.
The capital expects to welcome roughly 332,000 visitors, including 32,000 international guests, during the Lunar New Year holiday from January 21 to January 26, with total revenue anticipated to reach more than VND1 trillion.
Tourist attractions across Vietnam have lured large numbers of holiday-markers during the week-long Lunar New Year (Tet) festival from January 20-26.
In a bid to avoid the congestion, many people opted to return on Wednesday afternoon or Thursday morning.
Besides taking pictures with their families by smart phones, hundreds of photographers capture unique moments in the deserted morning of the first day of the Year of the Cat.
After the transition between the old and the new year, hundreds of people flocked to Hanoi's Quan Su and Quan Thanh temples to pray for peace in the night.
Many streets in HCM City - Vietnam's largest city - fell quiet on the first day of the 2023 Lunar New Year.
Overseas Vietnamese people in Japan, Israel, Slovakia, and Czech Republic have celebrated the Lunar New Year (Tet) festival in a warm atmosphere in line with Vietnamese traditions.
Quang Ninh held a ceremony on January 22, the first day of the Year of the Cat, to welcome the lunar new year's first group of foreign tourists to Ha Long Bay.
Family reunion is a long-standing tradition during the Lunar New Year (Tet), the biggest holiday celebration of the year for the Vietnamese people.
On the occasion of the Year of the Cat 2023, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong has delivered remarks offering the best wishes to the Vietnamese at home and abroad as well as people around the world.
Many hotels in Da Nang and Quang Nam are half unoccupied, while others are nearly fully booked.
According to ancient traditions, on the last day of a lunar year, a typical Vietnamese family puts aside everything to prepare a feast to worship their grandparents and ancestors, praying for a brighter year ahead.
Hanoi's gateways were congested on January 19 as people left the capital city to return to their hometowns for the seven-day Tet holiday starting on January 20.
Australian Ambassador to Vietnam Andrew Goledzinowski has wished Vietnamese people peace, love and prosperity in the Year of the Cat 2023.