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Jubilant Tet atmosphere sweeps over the country

By Hong Ngan - Nhu Phu - Thanh Ha - Minh Tuan

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HCMC – With the Covid-safe situation improving significantly in Vietnam, people across the country have been able to enjoy a jubilant Lunar New Year holiday, or Tet, in the “new normal”. Visiting churches or pagodas to pray for good luck, wandering around Tet fairs and flower festivals, and traveling are among the most favorite activities of Vietnamese people this Tet.

Like other localities in the Mekong Delta, Spring Fair in Thanh Phu District, Ben Tre Province has become an age-old tradition during the Tet holiday. The event usually opens for visitors from the 28th of the twelfth lunar month to the fifth day of the first lunar month, attracting thousands of visitors to come to play traditional folk games, enjoy dining services, and take photos.

This year, the Spring Fair was relocated to a more spacious and airy area that would be safer given the Covid-19 pandemic remaining complicated. Besides, the number of visitors joining this year’s event was relatively huge. Most of them wore face masks to ensure Covid safety.

After the latest wave of Covid infections in the province was brought under control, this year’s Spring Fair sees a large amount of visitors. Most of them practice anti-virus measures when visiting public places – PHOTOS: HONG NGAN
The entrance to a zone hosting traditional folk games
Visitors crowd booths offering traditional folk games
Two local girls are waiting for taking pictures at a photobooth at the Spring Fair
Local residents take a photo on the occasion of Tet
A culinary zone in front of the Spring Fair attracts lots of guests
Children take a carousel ride at the fair. This is one of the most popular games at the Kid Zone. Those who are still little would take the ride with their parents.
An area displaying newspaper, magazine items along with pictures reviewing the local socioeconomic performance over the past year. This area usually remains less attractive to visitors than other zones at the fair

Nguyen Tat Thanh Square in Binh Dinh Province’s Quy Nhon City is attracting many residents and tourists for travel at the beginning of the Lunar New Year holiday.

For the Year of the Tiger, the square is decorated with a miniature of a family of eight tigers. Besides, many other miniatures of Banh Chung, or stuffed sticky rice cake, the God of Wealth, wine gourds and a garden of flowers and statues of martial arts are erected at the square, creating a happy Tet atmosphere.

Attractive to revelers, the square also features an area of a photo exhibition which illustrates the characteristics of Binh Dinh people and culture.

Three women in ao dai pose for a photo at a miniature of tigers in Nguyen Tat Thanh Square in Quy Nhon City – PHOTOS: NHU NHU
Revelers gather at the square for their Tet travel on the second day of the Lunar New Year, or February 2
The square is crowded with tourists
A woman poses for a photo with a miniature of the God of Wealth
A girl takes a look at a photo depicting a scene of a Bai Choi play at the area of a photo exhibition in the square. Bai Choi is a type of folk art in Central Vietnam
Boys pose for a group photo with a miniature of martial arts statues and Banh It Tower
A miniature of a tiger family attractive to tourists
A girl takes a photo of another wearing the same clothes with her at the square
A statue of late President Ho Chi Minh and his father also attracts many tourists

Another tourist site in Binh Dinh Province, Banh It Tower, is also attracting tourists during the Tet holiday.

Many tourists climb stairs to Banh It Tower on the second day of the Lunar New Year
Tet revelers snap some photos of them with the tower

Like many other regions in Vietnam, visiting pagodas during the Lunar New Year holiday to pray for good luck has long been a tradition of many people in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai.

Some pagodas in the province are not as crowded as in previous years but they are still attractive venues for visitors who look for peace.

Many residents come to Linh Quang Pagoda during the Tet holiday
The gate of the pagoda

Residents worship The Buddha at Linh Quang Pagoda
A view of the sanctum of the pagoda
A big Avalokitesvara statue

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