As the clock strikes twelve, the moment the Year of the Monkey begins, fireworks light up the sky across the nation amidst the joy of millions of people who spend the night out to welcome the lunar New Year.
Nearly 600 fines, costing violators up to VND2 billion (US$88,900), were handed out in southern Binh Dinh province to crack down on drunk drivers and motorists prior to the Tet (Lunar New Year).
For most Vietnamese, Tet (Lunar New Year festival) has actually begun with the
Ong Cong - Ong Tao (Land Genie and Kitchen Gods) ceremony on the 23rd of
the last month of the lunar year, which falls on February 1 this year.On
this day, every family is busy staging a farewell ceremony for the Land
Genie and the Kitchen Gods on their yearly visit of Heaven.
In an attempt to reduce traffic accidents in the city, Ha Noi police
suddenly fined more than 100 pedestrians, starting early this week.
Nguyen Than spent years trying to prove the innocence of his former
student, wrongfully convicted on a murder charge 18 years ago.
The circus has always been about performers attempting precarious
and daring acts in exchange for the intangible reward of the roar of the
Farmers in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta will offer new varieties of
flowers for the upcoming Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday, which falls on
February 8 this year.
The World Trade Organisation's Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) would
boost customs reforms to facilitate trade across borders in line with
international standards, an official has said.
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