How Communist Vietnam Celebrates Lunar New Year “Tet”

Fights during the Lunar New Year holiday have left 11 people dead and more than 5000 people hospitalised in Vietnam.

On the peak day, 11 died and 900 people were hospitalised during Tet, the nine-day holiday accompanied by widespread alcohol consumption that ends on Monday, newspaper Thanh Nien reported, quoting figures from the Ministry of Health.th

The news attracted widespread attention on social media, with many users decrying the figures.

“The high number reflects the fact that culture, morality and discipline in Vietnam has serious problems,” Trung Dung Pham said in a Facebook post.

Prominent economist Le Dang Doanh called it “very worrying” in a posting on his Facebook page.

“Vietnam must enjoy Tet in another way. It’s impossible to enjoy Tet with so many fatalities, traffic jams, and pickpockets.”

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