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MUST-TRY ON VIETNAMESE LUNAR NEW YEAR’S EVE 2023

Lunar New Year is coming right to the corner, and here is the list of things to do on Lunar New Year’s Eve 2023 in Vietnam. You cannot miss these activities since the event happens only once per year. If you are luckily in Vietnam on New Year’s Eve, this list can be helpful for you to enjoy fully the country and have the most brilliant travel experience.

WATCHING THE FIREWORK ON THE LUNAR NEW YEAR’S EVE

Of course, when talking about Eve, you cannot miss the countdown moment and celebrate the first moments of the New Year with the beautiful firework. Watching the firework with your friends, and family, or just simply joining the flow of people in the city centre are the best way to enjoy the transition time and understand more about the culture by observing how people celebrate the Eve of the Lunar New Year.

Besides, before and after the firework show, you can admire the beautiful setting in the city center with different types of flowers and the Cat mascot, which is the zodiac of this year in Vietnamese culture.

Firework at Hoan Kiem Lake (Source: Thong tin dien tu)
Nguyen Hue walking street (source: Thanh Nien)

WORSHIP AND RELIGIOUS TRADITION

Worship “Quan Than Linh” (the Head God) is the essential tradition of Vietnamese at exactly the middle of the night. This tradition means to welcome God to the home for the Tet Holiday and pray for luck and peace coming with the new year. For the set used for this tradition, normally, each family will prepare a boiled chicken with rose, boiled pork, sweets and fruit, Banh Chung or Banh Tet, rice and salt, votive paper money, and incense. The special point of this tradition is that the set for worship tradition will be put outside on the entrance door of each family.

Tet at a pagoda in Hanoi (Source: Tuoi Tre)

If you want to see this tradition, you can simply go around the city. This is because this is a common tradition for every Vietnamese household. Going around during this time, you can see the perspective and energetic vibes in the south side, or the calm vibe in the north with the scent of frankincense wafting in the cold air. Besides, after Eve is the time to go to the pagoda. People believe that you can find peace and luck when visiting the pagoda or temple in the first moment of the new year.

Quan Su Pagoda in Hanoi after the Lunar New Year’s Eve (Source: Tin Moi)

HANGING OUT ON THE LUNAR NEW YEAR’S EVE

This special moment is worth sharing, and the festival vibe is full around the city. Before and after Eve, you can have many possibilities to find a good spot to connect with both local and foreign friends, enjoy happy moments, and taste some good local food and beverage. For example, an informal tradition of Hanoian after watching fireworks is going to eat Bun Oc (snail sour noodle). Also, after the party, before coming home, Vietnamese people tend to buy some piece of plant/tree as a wish for growth in the coming year.

Ta Hien street (Hanoi) after the Eve (Source: Tien Phong)

During this time of the year, the offers for the restaurant to eat out is limited. However, there are still some restaurants, bars, and café opening throughout the whole holiday.

Bui Vien street busy on the Lunar New Year’s Eve (Source: Thanh Nien)

For the year of Cat 2023, we, the AVT team, wish you the best of luck, health, and peace for the new year to come. We are always ready here to bring you the best values through the best local experience and unique tour ideas. Connect with us through the Build Your Own Trip section to share with us your desires and wishes for travel, and let us finalize your fantasy about your dream trip. We strongly commit to the best quality local experience by working with the best local experts and towards the goal of sustainability – “AVT for good”.

We are waiting for you to make 2023 your best year! Happy Lunar New Year!

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