Directrooms.com – Tet Festival in February 2011: Lunar New Year in Ho Chi Minh City
DirectRooms announces that this year’s Tet festival in Ho Chi Minh City is set to be a spectacular celebration in one of Asia’s most colourful of cities. Ho Chi Minh City, the biggest city in Vietnam, will play host to a festive period which is a great example of the city’s warm and hospitable outlook.
Tet is celebrated on the 19th and 20th of February and is the Lunar New Year, representing the beginning of the New Year in Vietnam. Local beliefs say that it is the best time of the year to start a new venture. That’s why Vietnamese flock to stores to shop and take on big tasks such as refurbishing their homes.
Locals believe that the Tet Festival is one that should be celebrated with family, unlike the traditions in other countries where New Year is often a time to celebrate with friends and to hold parties. There is in fact a local tradition where the first visitors to people’s houses at the start of the lunar new year have the ability to bring good luck throughout the coming year and must therefore be chosen wisely.
Tourists visiting Ho Chi Minh City during this period will be treated to firework shows, banquets and elaborate festival decorations. It is a busy time of the year for the city and Ho Chi Minh hotels (http://directrooms.com/vietnam/hotels/ho-chi-minh-hotels/price1.htm) will be full booked, so advance arrangements are important if visitors would like to guarantee overnight accommodation.
As Vietnam’s biggest city Ho Chi Minh City puts forward the best in modern Vietnamese culture without sacrificing its historical roots and age-old local traditions, the Tet Festival is a great way to experience both the modern and traditional cultures.
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