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January, 31 2014 04:01:00

Viet Nam welcomes Year of the Horse

Thousands of Vietnamese people have flocked to the main centres in the cities to bid goodbye to the Year of the Snake and welcome the Year of the Horse.

When the clock strikes 12, a fireworks display lighted up the Hoan Kiem lake, which is likely to attract scores of visitors. There are several celebrations across the cities as people joyfully welcome the new year.

In Viet Nam, Tet (Lunar New Year) is an important time for people to come together after a year of hard work. Most workers, who live far away from their hometowns, will be heading home for the Tet holiday.

Photographer Truong Van Vi captures the lively atmosphere in the run-up to the Lunar New Year in Ha Noi.

A policeman instructs people to follow the traffic route by the Hoan Kiem Lake on the New Year Eve.

 Capturing the moment of beauty.

Foreign tourists enjoy the Tet atmosphere in Ha Noi.

Balloons always attract the children's attention.

A woman prepares for an out-door worshipping offering of the New Year Eve in Cha Ca Street.

Father and son, both enjoy fireworks.

People flock to the centre of the city

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When the clock strikes 12, a fireworks display lighted up the Hoan Kiem lake.

Happy New Year, Viet Nam.

 Offering lucky money is a tradition of Vietnamese culture on the Lunar New Year.

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Local people buy sprig of bud and salt to pray for a prosperous New Year.

Visiting pagodas in the first moments of the New Year is a tradition of Vietnamese people.


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