Solar New Year, also known as Western New Year is one of important holidays of many nations in the world. It is the first day of a year in Gregorian calendar. Western New Year in Vietnam is currently popular. But, Vietnamese people consider Lunar New Year their official traditional New Year. Western New Year might be firstly held in the period of the French colonialism when Gregorian calendar was used in Vietnam. In addition, people working at companies were allow to be off from work to celebrate the New Year day since Christmas. Todays, Western New Year is Vietnamized, and become a traditional holidays in Vietnam. During this holiday, Vietnamese government permit people to have days off, and hold relevant activities. This is also a chance for people going on a picnic, traveling, or just simply meeting each other and holding small parties.
In Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City is the place where activities for welcoming the international Vietnam New Year are mostly organized. It is common knowledge that Saigon city is greatly influenced by diverse cultures, Saigonese people celebrate the holiday as a part of their lives. The most dynamic city in Vietnam also appeals as a huge numbers of both domestic and foreign celebrants during the Vietnam holiday as well. Happiness and anticipation can be seen everywhere. All roads look brilliant with colorful lights and beautiful flowers.
During the holiday, services in shopping malls, amusement parks, and tourist attractions are highly concentrated to entertain everyone. Both Vietnamese people and tourists are excited to enjoy the bustling and striking atmosphere. On this occasion, fireworks performances are shown in some major big cities such as Hanoi, Da Nang, and Ho Chi Minh City. The performances of fireworks to celebrate a new year are allowed by Vietnamese government. The displaying fireworks are only shown in events of Western New Year and Vietnamese traditional Tet. Thus, Vietnamese citizens, especially children, are looking forward to the fireworks performances which are believed to bring messages of love, peace and prosperity to the whole nation.
To celebrate one of important holidays in Vietnam, Hanoian also decorate streets brightly, especially light systems in main boulevards, living areas, parks, famous architectures and major tourists attractions in Hanoi. Many cultural and artistic activities are held during the holiday. Solar New Year seems to be an occasion for Hanoian in particular and Vietnamese northerners in general to prepare for Tet holiday or traditional New Year in Vietnam.
After Christmas, and especially Western New Year, along streets in Hanoi, especially in Hanoi Old Quarter, people rush into shops to choose colorful accessories to decorate their houses and Vietnamese New Year trees. Shopping malls, markets seem to be more crowded than usual, as people are busy with buying things for Tet holiday. In other places in Vietnam, celebration for Western New Year is also exciting and attracting both local people and foreign tourists who welcome New Year in Vietnam. The popularity of Western New Year celebration in Vietnam is not just a chance for international friends to have chances of exchanging culture between counties, but also creates favorable conditions for Vietnam to promulgate cultural and traditional values through this event.