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Tet Viet Festival ongoing in Ho Chi Minh City

Sunday, January 12, 2020, 10:49 GMT+7
Tet Viet Festival ongoing in Ho Chi Minh City
A group of artists take a selfie on the golden apricot blossom road at the Tet Viet Festival at the Youth Culture House in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Hoang An / Tuoi Tre

Tet Viet Festival, an annual event of the Youth Culture House, is taking place on the corner of Nguyen Thi Minh Khai and Pham Ngoc Thach Streets in District 1 until January 29 to celebrate the Lunar New Year 2020, which is merely two weeks away.

The Youth Culture House has held Tet Viet Festival for the last 14 years.

This has become a popular venue for young people and family members to take photos.

The 2020 Tet Viet Festival is also housing numerous major activities like previous fests to imbue national identity.

This year’s Tet Viet Festival still retains the design concept of a golden apricot blossom road and calligraphy street along Pham Ngoc Thach and Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, said Nguyen Hong Phuc, general director of the Youth Culture House.

Vietnamese art performances will be combined with folk games and dragon plus lion dance to help visitors understand the Vietnamese Tet.

Besides the traditional activities, there are also new ones such as decorations of the great golden apricot tree and sales of second-hand ‘ao dai’ of Vietnamese artists to raise funds for orphans to enjoy Tet holiday.

The fest includes food stalls which feature Vietnamese culinary arts.

Among the event’s highlights are four traditional craft village mini-scenes which include Lang Gom (Ceramic Village), Lang May (Rattan Village), Lang Huong (Incense Village) and Lang Lua (Silk Village).

Visitors will have the chance to enquire about the specific characteristics of these villages and get to know all information about Vietnamese culture.

Tet, or Vietnamese Lunar New Year, will begin in January 25, but preparatory and celebratory activities are ongoing one week before and after that date.

Young ladies gather at the craft village mini-scene with their photographer to take photos on the occasion of Tet holiday. Photo: Kim Anh / Tuoi Tre

Young ladies gather at the craft village mini-scene with their photographer to take photos on the occasion of Tet holiday. Photo: Kim Anh / Tuoi Tre

A young lady is performing her calligraphy skills at the Street of Calligraphers. Photo: Kim Anh / Tuoi Tre

A young lady is performing her calligraphy skills at the Street of Calligraphers. Photo: Kim Anh / Tuoi Tre

A lady poses for a photo next to the decorative items of the festival. Photo: Kim Anh / Tuoi Tre

A lady poses for a photo next to the decorative items of the festival. Photo: Kim Anh / Tuoi Tre

Some kindergarten schools also bring students to the festival. Photo: Kim Anh / Tuoi Tre

Some kindergarten schools also bring students to the festival. Photo: Kim Anh / Tuoi Tre

Kim Xuan, a Vietnamese People’s Artist, visits the Lang Lua (Silk Village) mini-scene. Photo: Kim Anh / Tuoi Tre

Kim Xuan, a Vietnamese People’s Artist, visits the Lang Lua (Silk Village) mini-scene. Photo: Kim Anh / Tuoi Tre

Kids excitedly explore the festival with their teachers and friends. Photo: Hoang An/ Tuoi Tre

Kids excitedly explore the festival with their teachers and friends. Photo: Hoang An/ Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese celebrities cheers in a photo with children at the festival. Photo: Hoang An / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese celebrities cheers in a photo with children at the festival. Photo: Hoang An / Tuoi Tre

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