New Year celebrations at Dam Sen Park

They perform several rituals to say farewell to the old year and welcome the new year. In this edition of Colorful Vietnam - Vietnam’s 54 ethnic groups, we introduce the Nung Phan Sinh’s New Year celebration and their meal to chase away bad luck.The New Year celebration of the Nung Phan Sinh begins with a meal to chase away the bad luck of the old year. The meal, which is prepared on the last day of the year, must have dishes made of duck. Luong Van Bach, a Nung Phan Xinh man in Lang Son, said, “Our ancestors say that on the…... [read more]

Many hotels and resorts under Saigontourist Holding Company serve special buffets to welcome the New Year. Rex Hotel Saigon (141 Nguyen Hue Blvd., Dist. 1, HCMC) Rooftop Garden Bar & Restaurant of Rex Hotel Saigon will offer customers a special buffet to welcome the New Year from 6:30 p.m. on December 31 until midnight. Customers will enjoy seasonal traditional dishes, seafood and typical Asian dishes, and be at the same time entertained with a variety show. Ticket is VND2.5 million (US$119) for an adult and VND1.2 million for a child. Customers will get one ticket free for every 10 bought.…... [read more]

In the capital city of Hanoi, ten thousands of people flocked to Hoan Kiem Lake on the New Year Eve to welcome the New Year. By the lake, a cultural arts programme entitled ’Spring Festival’ was being held since December 30 to January 1. Many attracting items took place at the Ly Thai To square and Phu Gia stage including lion and dragon dance, traditional dances and songs, folk songs, folk games, circus and others. Handicraft products and fine arts works were also displayed at the Ly Thai To square. During the New Year holidays, the Hanoi Department of Culture,…... [read more]

A spirit of good-natured fun permeates the holiday season. Songkran embodies the essential caring and unity at the core of Thai society - enduring qualities that make Thailand truly amazing."Songkran" is a word from the Sanskrit language which means to "move into" and refers to the orbit of the sun moving into Aries. It marks the end of a 12-month cycle and the beginning of a new solar year. Songkran is therefore the Thai New Year celebrations. sanuk” (fun-filled) festival, celebrated with tremendous enthusiasm, nation-wide, once a year. In most parts of the country, Songkran extends over a period of…... [read more]

Agrand opening ceremony of the Chinese New Year celebrations will takeplace at China Town, Yaowarat. More than 670,000 Thai and foreigntourists are expected to join in the celebrations in the 12 areas fromFebruary 18-24. The 12 areas include Bangkok, Phuket, NakhonRatchasima, Ratchaburi, Phetchaburi, Trang, Suphan Buri, Nakhon Sawan,Songkhla’s Hat Yai district, Ayutthaya, Pattaya and Chiang Mai. TheTAT has projected that 53,000 Chinese tourists will travel to Thailandin February this year with tourism revenue of 22.9 billion THB.-VNA... [read more]

The festival will feature The New Year horse racing of the Mong ethnic miniroty group. — VNS Photo HA NOI (VNS) — Several festivals held by Viet Nam's ethnic groups will be on display at the Culture Tourism Village of Vietnamese Ethnic Groups in Ha Noi next month.During the three-day event, from February 15-17, the Sac Xuan Tren Moi Mien To Quoc (Spring in Every Region Nationwide) festival will stage the bumper crop praying ceremony of the Lo Lo ethnic group in Ha Giang Province, the New Year horse racing of the Mong ethnic, and the traditional wrestling contest…... [read more]

Two subsidiaries of Saigontourist are offering attractive promotions for upcoming Christmas and New Year celebrations. The four-star Sai Gon Morin Hotel in Hue is offering the Families Enjoy Spring celebration with various options. With a package price of VND2.3 million per family, guests can stay two days and one night in the colonial deluxe room and have buffet breakfast and city tour to Hue Imperial Citadel and Thien Mu Pagoda. The programme is for local guests from December 29 to January 1, and is free for children aged under 10. Meanwhile, Sai Gon-Binh Chau-Ho Coc Eco Tours and Beach Resort,…... [read more]

Hot-air balloon service is one of the special highlights of the entertainment series celebrating the Lunar New Year. The service will be available from Jan. 28 to Feb. 4, except Feb. 2.There will be 17 balloons controlled by 40 experienced pilots from Germany and China. Of these, two balloons can carry one pilot and four guests each and four balloons can carry one pilot and three guests. The rest are mini balloons for decoration.The balloon shows will take place from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. every day while the shows from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. are available on Jan.…... [read more]

A short section of an avenue in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City is being closed until New Year’s Day to serve a days-long festival to usher in the year 2018.Traffic is barred from the part of Le Duan that cuts through Nam Ky Khoi Nghia and Pasteur Streets in District 1 from Thursday this week to 5:00 am on Monday next week, according to the municipal transport department.The road blockade is meant to make space for a New Year-themed artistic event.Le Duan, connecting the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens with the Reunification Palace, is one of the main…... [read more]

Joyous celebrations for New Year 2018 are being held this December at the Viet Nam National Village for Ethnic Culture and Tourism, in the Dong Mo tourism area of Son Tay town, Ha Noi. The programme welcomes the participation of 100 ethnic people from 11 ethnic groups across the country, including Tay, Dao, Mong, Thai, Muong, Kho Mu, Ta Oi, Raglai and Khmer. A typical rural market in the northwest and east west regions is recreated at the village, where visitors can enjoy the festive atmosphere during New Year with the locals in the regions. Visitors are invited to enjoy…... [read more]