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Vietnam – new year, like most of Asia, is on 5th February

Whilst the West – as well as Australia, New Zealand and the Americas –  celebrate new year on the 31st December, for much of Asia – particularly China and Vietnam – they celebrate the Luna New Year – known in Vietnam as ‘Tet’  in February.

Since ‘Lunation’ (a full moon) occurs approximately every 29 days, a lunar year is 354 days.  So for the people of Vietnam, China and Laos for example, new year has not arrived yet.  The 31st of December: just an ordinary day.  In Nepal there are several ‘new years’ but that’s another story….

New Year out of the West
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