The whole country is still filled with the spirit of Tet (Lunar New Year festival), the biggest holiday of the year for Vietnamese people.
Tet is an opportunity for people to gather with their family and friends to celebrate and wish for good luck in the new year.
People in the central province of Thanh Hoa have a unique custom of "fighting" to wish for fortune in the new year.
Locals flocked to a traditional Tet market, held on the sixth day of the first month of the Lunar Year (which felt on Saturday, February 13 this year) in the province's Dong Hoang commune, hoping to usher in new year luck by fighting with each other.
Participants believe that the more they were "beaten", the more good luck they would receive in the new year. They chiefly fought with each other by throwing tomatoes and eggs at each other.
Le Tuan Anh, a local resident in the commune, said he was very happy because this year he was beaten by many people which meant that he would be very lucky this year.
The market is open to everybody, so be ready to put up a fight if you want good luck this year.
Helmets on a plane
More and more Vietnamese people wear helmets to ensure their safety while travelling on roads these days, but some people take safety to the extreme.
A couple surprised their fellow passengers on a Vietnam Airlines flight on their way home from Tet earlier this month by wearing helmets.
They wore the helmets for the whole trip, perhaps thinking that the head gear would protect them from a plane crash.
After the plane landed, the husband phoned his friend to tell him that the plane landed safely but that he was being inside the plane. The helmet was still on his head and he would, of course, only take it off when he got out of the plane.
Police in the southern province of Binh Duong on Sun- day arrested a man for robbing a gold shop.
22-year-old Duong Thanh Canh from the Mekong Delta Province of An Giang admitted that he stole from the shop after his girlfriend refused to marry him for being poor.
Angry at the rejection, Canh tried to rob the gold shop hoping to become richer but the unprofessional robber had to run away after being hit by the shop owner. He was arrested by police two hours later.
Canh will really struggle to win his girlfriend's hand after being found to be a thief.
Retired officials on lottery trip to US?
The Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang recently sent officials to the US to learn about lottery businesses.
Funding for the trip came from the State-owned Tien Giang Lottery Company.
Interestingly, the officials on the trip were close to retirement age, with some even already retired and some having no expertise in the lottery.
The question is that what was the real goal of the trip and how could these people learn from the trip if they themselves did not know this business well?
Former Cho Gao District Party Committee Secretary Le Thi The, who was on the trip, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that she knew nothing about the lottery business and was still invited.
During the trip, the delegates heard reports on lottery business at three lottery companies and spent most of the remaining time sightseeing, she said.
Many Vietnamese officials focus on shopping and entertainment during their trips abroad rather than the work they are supposed to be doing. — VNS