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Should the solar and lunar new years be merged in Viet Nam?

Update: January, 03/2014 - 09:27

While many people are eagerly waiting for the nine-day Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday, members of the public in Viet Nam are divided in a controversial debate over whether Viet Nam should celebrate only one New Year festival instead of two.

Those in favour, including economists and experts, argue that the different vacations between the solar and lunar new years affect businesses and production. They say international integration was a reason to celebrate just one New Year, while accepting one longer vacation. Those against, however, claimed that Tet ­ represents a long-standing tradition that should be preserved.

What do you think about this? Would you be for or against, without mentioning the fact that everyone loves holidays?

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