Thousands of book enthusiasts gathered at an annual book festival in downtown Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday, the first day of the Tet holiday, where as many as 16,000 books are being given away as Tet gifts to visitors.
The book festival, situated on Le Loi Boulevard in District 1, stands out as one of the prominent events celebrating Tet in the southern metropolis.
It welcomes visitors until the following Wednesday, which corresponds to the 5th day of the first lunar month.
Hoang Thuy, an attendee at the festival, shared that her two children were excited about visiting the book street, enticed by the special deals and Tet gifts offered at the event.
Many other minor readers also found this Lunar New Year book festival extremely appealing.
Nguyen Van Nghia, a resident of Binh Thanh District, explained that his two kids expressed their joy while exploring the book street and used almost VND800,000 (US$33) of their Tet lucky money to buy various books.
Aside from children, the book festival proved to be a favorite Tet destination among the elderly.
Nguyen Van Bau, a 92-year-old originally from central Quang Ngai Province and currently residing in Ho Chi Minh City, emerged as one of the most senior attendees, showcasing an enduring passion for books.
Bau was taken to the event by his grandchild Nguyen Van Nghia Huy, a sophomore at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Transport.
Huy said that his paternal grandfather is a bibliophile that usually immerses himself in books and owns a tablet for reading e-books.
|The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Information and Communications has launched an initiative to give away over 16,000 books as Tet gifts at the book festival on the first day of the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday, February 11, 2024. Photo: Vietnam News Agency
|Visitors pack an annual book festival in downtown Ho Chi Minh City during the first day of the Tet holiday, February 10, 2024. Photo: Tu Trung / Tuoi Tre
|Revelers gather at a booth giving away books as Tet gifts. Photo: Tu Trung / Tuoi Tre
|A festival goer explores a book stall. Photo: Tu Trung / Tuoi Tre
|Child readers visit the Lunar New Year book festival. Photo: Tu Trung / Tuoi Tre
|Nguyen Van Bau, a 92-year-old resident in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 12, was perhaps the oldest reveler during the first day of the Tet holiday, February 10, 2024. Photo: Tu Trung / Tuoi Tre
|A boy picks his favorite books at the event. Photo: Tu Trung / Tuoi Tre
|More than 65,000 books of various genres are being offered at the Lunar New Year book festival held on Le Loi Boulevard in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tu Trung / Tuoi Tre