Officials in South Korea's southern regions have urged people not to return to home towns there for the Lunar New Year holiday for fear of spreading the nation's worst outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease. Millions customarily travel to home towns to celebrate with their families the major traditional holiday, which falls this year on February 2-4. But southern regions that have largely been spared the outbreak said the holiday may be a critical point in preventing a nationwide epidemic. Lee Hong-Ki, mayor of the southeastern county of Geochang, appealed to President Lee Myung-Bak to persuade people not to travel to or from regions unaffected by the disease. Other regional governments including those for South Jeolla and South Gyeongsang provinces also advised people not to travel but to call relatives instead. "We understand people miss families around this time of year, but this is like a battle situation where everyone's cooperation is critical," a South Gyeongsang … [Read more...] about S. Koreans urged to stay put for Lunar New Year
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(VOV) - The central provinces and cities have attracted large number of tourists on the first days of the year. The ancient town of Hoi An organized many spring events such as lantern contest, bai choi singing and fish worshiping. The town has received around 4,000 domestic and international tourists which mainly come from Australia, Europe, China, South Korea and Japan. Vo Phung is Director of Hoi An city's Culture and Tourism Center: "This year, the weather is favorable for activities. Folk games like pot breaking and bai choi singing attracted a lot of tourists. Relic sites including Bridge pagoda and club house are open to public these days". Meanwhile, spring flower festival in Da Nang city attracted more than 80,000 visitors. Spectators got to know about Vietnam's rural features: village gates, bamboo hedges and water wells. This year's festival for the first time had a gift presenting service by 3 Saints of Fortune, Prosperity and Longevity. Tran Thi Khuong Vi, Deputy … [Read more...] about Large number of visitors on Lunar New Year holiday
Vietnam should celebrate the Solar New Year like most countries, instead of the Lunar New Year - the country's biggest official holiday, Professor Vo Tong Xuan wrote in a letter to Thanh Nien recently. Exceprts: With the country immersed in global integration, many chances could be missed due to the difference in celebrating the beginning of the New Year. The difference could prove an obstacle towards business activities as companies in Vietnam are operating normally between Dec. 24 and Jan. 3 while Western countries and even Japan are on holidays to enjoy the Solar New Year. Most importantly, the Tokyo, New York, and London stock exchanges are all closed. … [Read more...] about Solar or Lunar New Year for Vietnam?
Human bird-flu infections may rise in Asia as people handle more poultry for next weekâ€™s Lunar New Year celebrations, according to a United Nations veterinarian who tracks the virus in birds. Map of China showing areas that have reported cases of bird flu infection and fatalities since the start of January. … [Read more...] about Bird flu risk rises ahead of Lunar New Year next week
A show featuring Asian traditional costumes will be held in Ho Chi Minh City in February as part of the city's program to celebrate the Tet lunar New Year festival. The show January 30 and 31 is to introduce 300 versions of traditional dress of peoples from China, Japan, South Korea, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Singapore, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, , said the Department of Culture and Information. The Vietnam Fashion Design Institute (Fadin) will be in charge of running the fashion and art performance at the show, held to mark the 10th anniversary of Vietnam's admission to the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). … [Read more...] about HCMC plans gala events to ring in lunar New Year