A Ho Chi Minh City-based travel company has been allowed to hold fireworks displays to celebrate both the New Year and Lunar New Year at a local theme park.
A low-range pyrotechnic exhibition will also take place at the same time at.
Ho Chi Minh City chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong has given a go-ahead to Saigontourist to hold pyrotechnic exhibitions for the two special occasions, Dan Tri (Intellectual) reported on Friday, citing an urgent dispatch from the municipal administration office.
On the New Year’s Eve next week, a fireworks display will light up at Dam Sen Park on Hoa Binh Street, District 11.
Another show will take place at the same venue on the night of February 15, 2018 to usher in the Lunar New Year, or Tet as Vietnamese call it.
|A fireworks performance is pictured in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre|
Fireworks exhibition at Dam Sen Park, funded by the private sector, has long been a ‘traditional’ activity in Ho Chi Minh City to celebrate such occasions as the Reunification Day on April 30, Independence Day on September 2 and the New Year.
The pyrotechnic display helps diversify the city’s tourism products and attract more visitors, which is why chairman Phong backed the plan to hold the show to welcome the year 2018.
Phong underlined that relevant agencies should ensure safety and organize the events with top responsibility.
No fireworks shows were held for the 2017 New Year’s Eve and Lunar New Year in Ho Chi Minh City and any other part of the country, pursuant to an order from the Secretariat of the Party, which requested that funds earmarked for pyrotechnic shows be used to support the poor.
Public workers in Vietnam are given three days off in a row, from December 30, 2017 to January 1, 2018 to enjoy the New Year holiday.
A range of public activities will be held across Ho Chi Minh City on the evening of December 31 to celebrate the transition into 2018.
|Festive lights sparkle over Le Duan Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre|
A New Year’s countdown event will be held on Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street on the evening of December 31 with a 3-D mapping show illuminating the city hall building located at the street’s end.
Since Wednesday, festive lights have twinkled along streets from Tan Son Nhat International Airport to the city center, namely Truong Son, Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, Ham Nghi, Dong Khoi, Le Duan, Pham Ngoc Thach, Ton Duc Thang, Vo Van Kiet, Ben Van Don, Nguyen Hue, Cach Mang Thang Tam, Hai Ba Trung, Pasteur, and Pham Ngu Lao.
The annual light show will remain until January 20, 2018, using funds contributed from the private sector.
Landmark buildings such as the City Hall, the Municipal Theater, the Ho Chi Minh City Museum, the headquarters of District 1’s administration, the Central Post Office, and the Monument of Ho Chi Minh on Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street will also be lit up with artistic lighting during the festive season.