Ho Chi Minh City has rung in the New Year with immense joy and spectacular fireworks shows past midnight on New Year’s Day, leaving the year 2017 behind and embracing new opportunities in 2018.
Sharply at 0:00 on January 1, 2018, fireworks were simultaneously catapulted into the clear sky at four spots in the southern metropolis to usher in New Year.
|Fireworks explode over the sky in Ho Chi Minh City on January 1, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre|
Much to everyone’s delight, high- range fireworks sprouted up into the sky accompanied by a resounding echo in District 2 near the Thu Thiem Tunnel as soon as the clock struck midnight.
The fireworks, which came in a wide range of shapes and colors, dazzled a huge crowd of spectators beneath, who wasted no time filming and taking photos of the significant moment with their smartphones.
|A crowd of people enjoy a fireworks display in Ho Chi Minh City on January 1, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre|
Three low-range performances also took place at the Dam Sen Park in District 11, Cu Chi Tunnels in the namesake outlying district, and Rung Sac Square in suburban Can Gio District.
The much-awaited performances lasted for 15 minutes.
The shows came as a great pleasure as residents were not treated to pyrotechnic shows in 2017.
A directive in December 2016 by the Secretariat of the Communist Party of Vietnam aimed to prevent wastefulness and support the poor by requesting localities across Vietnam refrain from holding pyrotechnic shows during the New Year and Tet, or Lunar New Year, holidays.
Local authorities were also asked to focus on improving living conditions for the less fortunate living in border areas and on islands, as well as assisting flood victims in central provinces and those affected by environmental pollution.