|Holiday shopping: Lanterns, decorative stickers and lucky money envelopes are popular items for sale on Hàng Mã street in the build-up to Tết. |Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — The capital city of Hà Nội is adorning its streets in the lead-up to the Tết (Lunar New Year) holiday and celebrations.
One can really feel the festive atmosphere while driving through the city.
A small garden of peach blossom trees blooming with pink flowers has been planted near Hoàn Kiếm Lake. It attracts both local and foreigners for beautiful photo opportunities. Hàng Mã street in the old quarter is also becoming busier than ever as locals buy votive papers and decorative items for their homes.
Thousands of banners and decorative lights have been hung on streets in central districts of Hà Nội to prepare for Tết.
The city will also organise a light festival and entertainment activities and host several art performances during the holidays.
Firework displays will take place at 30 locations in Hà Nội on the eve of the Lunar New Year, which falls on Thursday. — VNS
|Feeling festive: City streets are brightly lit at night. |
|Pink blooms: A small garden of peach blossom trees have been planted near Hoàn Kiếm Lake. |
|Colourful items: Hàng Mã street in the old quarter is becoming busier with people coming to buy decorative items for Tết celebrations. |
|New Year: Peach blossom-themed LED lights are hung up on main streets in Hà Nội. |
|Celebrations: The Vietnamese New Year falls on Friday. The city will organise a light festival and entertainment activities and host several art performances during the holidays.— VNS Photos Đoàn Tùng|
|Traditional tree: Peach blossom is considered an icon of the Vietnamese New Year. Almost every family and shop in the north of Việt Nam has a tree or small branch in their house. People in the south use mai (apricot flower) instead as peach blossom is only suitable for cold weather. |