The entire of Vietnam was bathed in a happy and hopeful atmosphere with hope for the better year in 2013, as localities nationwide organised a wide range of activities to usher in the Year of the Snake.

In the capital city of Hanoi, tens of thousands of people gathered at Hoan Kiem Lake to watch the firework show. The city has been decorated with lights, flowers and banners for the biggest festival of the year.

Most people wish for a happy new year and health for their families and friends, and prosperity for all people every where.

In the southern economic hub of Ho Chi Minh City, all main streets were decorated with illuminations. Since early in the evening, the city downtown was thronged with people.

Prof. Dr. Nguyen Thuyet Phong, a Vietnamese resident in the US, said he is very happy to return to the homeland for Tet. “Each time returning for Tet, we always hope to see further development and more well-off people in the homeland,” he said.

In the central city of Da Nang , it has become a tradition for locals to gather along the banks of Han river on New Year’s Eve to watch the fireworks and celebrate the first moments of the year. The crowd was even bigger this year, not only because of the fine weather, but also the organization of the largest flower festival at the area.

In downtown Ca Mau city in the southernmost region of the country, the atmosphere was animated and joyful. Roads were crowded with people and vehicles.

Colourful fireworks greeted the New Year in Ca Mau. There were displays in seven of the city’s nine districts so people did not have to travel far to enjoy the spectacle.-VNA