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Vietnam ready for New Year's Eve

Released at: 19:03, 30/12/2019

Vietnam ready for New Year's Eve

Photo: 24h.com.vn

Host of activities set from the north to the south to welcome in 2020.

by Le Diem

Vietnam will welcome in 2020 with fireworks, music festivals, and art programs at major tourist hotspots on New Year’s Eve.

Countdowns get underway in Hanoi at 7pm at the Ly Thai To flower garden and August Revolution Square in downtown Hoan Kiem district. An electronic music concert at Dong Kinh Nghia Thuc Square by iconic Hoan Kiem Lake will feature big V-pop names such as Soobin Hoang Son, Toc Tien, Min, Tuan Hung, and Da LAB. Cultural activities and folk games will be held in the nearby pedestrian mall around the lake and the Old Quarter.

The UNESCO heritage site of Ha Long Bay in northern Quang Ninh province, meanwhile, will host a concert featuring well-known pop singers and DJs at October 30 Square from 8pm.

Phu Tho province, some 100 km northwest of Hanoi and home to the famous Hung Kings Temple, will welcome in the new year with fireworks displays and arts programs.

Celebrations in central Da Nang city, the country’s third-largest and a popular tourist destination, will be at September 2 Square. A 15-minute fireworks display will light up the sky at 9pm and after the countdown party. Famous for its annual international fireworks festival, the city has become increasingly popular among foreign tourists.

The ancient town of Hoi An, nearby Da Nang, will also hold several events. An Hoi Sculpture Garden will host an event at 9.30pm featuring an arts performance and a singing contest, while a fireworks display near the Hoai River will light up the night sky.

In south-central Ninh Thuan province, a grand music festival and a fireworks display will take place from 9.30 pm at April 16 Square in the provincial capital, Phan Rang-Thap Cham.

An arts program will be held at Phan Thiet in neighboring Binh Thuan province, home to the popular resort destination of Mui Ne, from 8pm at Nguyen Tat Thanh Square, followed by a fireworks display.

Ho Chi Minh City, the country’s largest, will organize multiple events for the New Year. A 15-minute fireworks display will begin at midnight at Landmark 81 in Binh Thanh district, the country’s tallest building, at the Thu Thiem Tunnel area that links Districts 1 and 2, and at Dam Sen Park in District 11. A concert by pop star Son Tung M-TP will be held on the Nguyen Hue pedestrian mall. Downtown streets will all be decorated with lights. On the nights of December 31 and January 1 there will be a light show using 3D mapping technology at the city people’s committee office in District 1.

Vietnamese have begun to celebrate foreign festivals like the New Year’s Eve, Christmas, and Halloween with greater enthusiasm over recent years, providing more entertainment for local people and visitors.

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