February 12-18: Activities held nationwide to celebrate Lunar New Year

Tuesday, 2018-02-20 15:46:03
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Leaders pay floral tribute to President Ho Chi Minh at his mausoleum. (Photo: VNA)
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NDO – Nhan Dan Online reviews notable events that have made the headlines over the past week.

Leaders pays tribute to President Ho Chi Minh, visit disadvantaged people ahead of Tet

Vietnam’s top leaders paid tribute to President Ho Chi Minh on the occasion of the Lunar New Year (Tet) festival.

The Party, State and Government leaders also visited and presented gifts to disadvantaged people and policy beneficiary families around the country, as well as to offshore soldiers in Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos ahead of Tet (Lunar New Year).

Various activities held to celebrate Lunar New Year

The Spring Festival 2018 in Dien Bien province

President Tran Dai Quang extended Lunar New Year greetings to all Vietnamese people throughout the country and abroad at the start of the Year of the Dog.

In addition, a wide variety of cultural and sporting activities were held around the country to celebrate the Lunar New Year, including festivals, the opening of the spring book street in Hanoi, and the launching of Nguyen Hue flower street in Ho Chi Minh City.

Over 1,500 tonnes of dragon fruit shipped to China via Lao Cai border gate

Approximately 1,560 tonnes of dragon fruit underwent customs clearance for export to China via the Lao Cai international border gate on February 17-18 (the second and third day of the Lunar New Year).

The fruit was sourced from orchards in the south-central province of Binh Thuan and the Mekong Delta provinces of Soc Trang and Vinh Long.

Cam Pha port load first shipments

Cam Pha port handles 32,000 tonnes of coal on February 16, first day of the Lunar New Year. (Photo: NDO)

On February 16, the first day of the Year of the Dog, Cam Pha Port in the Northern Province of Quang Ninh loaded 32,000 tonnes of coal onto two ships.

They were the Yun Qian and Viet Thuan 235.03 vessels which will carry supplies to the Malaysian market and Vinh Tan 2 thermal power plant in Binh Thuan province, respectively.

Celebrating Lunar New Year abroad

Many activities celebrating Vietnamese traditional Lunar New Year (Tet) festival have been held among the Vietnamese community abroad.

This follows a tradition of preserving the beauty of Vietnamese culture as well as serving as a bridge linking Vietnam and their host countries.

Almost 375,000 tourists visit Hanoi during Tet holidays

The Spring Calligraphy Festival at Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam (Temple of Literature) attracts a large number of visitors. (Credit: ANTD)

Hanoi welcomed approximately 375,000 tourists, including 125,000 international visitors during the week-long Tet (Lunar New Year) festival.

The number of foreigners to Hanoi was estimated to rise by 30% over the same period last year.

The majority of international tourists came from China, the Republic of Korea, Japan, the United States, France, Germany, Australia, Malaysia and Thailand.

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