Vietnam welcomes Year of the Rat

By Staff reporters   January 25, 2020 | 07:39 am GMT+7

Millions of Vietnamese across the country celebrated Lunar New Year, or Tet, whether at various firework displays, at home, or even at work. 

HANOI

Heavy rain poured down on Hanoi on Friday evening, but it stopped just before midnight, clearing the sky for the 30 fireworks spots in the city. Photo by VnExpress/Ngoc Thanh.

30 firework spectacles light up the capital during a midnight break in a heavy deluge that struck Hanoi on Friday evening. Photo by VnExpress/Ngoc Thanh.

The rain did not stop thousands of residents to gather at Hoan Kiem Lake downtown to watch the fireworks. Photo by VnExpress/Ngoc Thanh.

Local crowds gather at downtown Hoan Kiem Lake to watch the heavens ignite. Photo by VnExpress/Ngoc Thanh.

People then went to pagodas and temples, buying salt and plants with buds on the way, believing this will bring them good fortune for a new year. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy.

In the early hours of 2020, people visit pagodas and temples, equipped with offerings like salt and plants for good fortune in the new year. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy.

A man burnt joss paper. For many Vietnamese, burning joss paper symbolizes the quest for luck, health, and prosperity in the new year, the belief being that, when burnt, offerings would be delivered to the deceased. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy.

 For many Vietnamese, burning joss paper symbolizes the quest for luck, health, and prosperity, the belief being that, when burnt, offerings would be delivered to the deceased. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy.

SAIGON

A foreigner takes a selfie in with fireworks. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran.

Swathed in the national colors, a foreigner takes a selfie as fireworks rain down behind her. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran.

In Ho Chi Minh City, locals gathered at Thu Thiem Tunnel in District 2 to take photos and film fireworks, one of the eight fireworks locations in the city. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran.

Locals gather at Thu Thiem Tunnel in District 2 to snap the fireworks, one of eight similar locations in the city. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran.


A girl being sitting on her father’s shoulders reacted to the fireworks, which lasted for about 15 minutes. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran

A jubilant girl reacts to the fireworks, which lasted about 15 minutes. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran.

Hang, 35, a train barrier operator in Thu Duc District, set up a traditional meal to offer to her ancestors in the last day of the year. In her career of 15 years, Hang had never been reunited with her family during Tet holiday in her hometown in the northern Hung Yen Province. We could not leave our station during duty. We are not allowed to sleep either.

Hang, 35, a train barrier operator in Thu Duc District, offers a traditional meal to her ancestors on the last day of the year. In her career of 15 years, Hang has never had the chance to reunite with her family during Tet in northern Hung Yen Province. "We cannot leave our station when on duty. We are not allowed to sleep either."

OTHER LOCALITIES

Fireworks explode in southern Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province.

In the northern Hai Phong City, people prayed for luck and peace at a temple in the first moments of the new year. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Chinh.

In northern Hai Phong City, believers pray for luck and peace at a temple in the first moments of the new year. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Chinh.

A group of men in central Binh Thuan Province started a campfire and danced to celebrate the new year. Photo by VnExpress/Viet Quoc.

A group of friends in central Binh Thuan Province lead in the Year of the Rat with a massive bonfire. Photo by VnExpress/Viet Quoc.

In Thua Thien Hue Province, Tran Nhu Dang Tuyen (R) and his wife gave their children lucky money and wish them health in the new year. Photo by VnExpress/Vo Thanh.

In central Thua Thien Hue Province, Tran Nhu Dang Tuyen (R) and his wife hand their children lucky money and wish them health in the new year. Photo by VnExpress/Vo Thanh.

 
 
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