When visiting Nha Trang at this time of the year, you will notice the different in the way people celebrate immediately after midnight. There are lots of people selling long stems of sugar cane and other tree just before the eve, and lots of people stop by and buy them as a lucky symbol for the new year and to take home. After 12, people go to pagodas to pray. Predictably and sadly, there are so many beggars lining the path to the pagoda asking for money. Most people hand over small amounts money to these people to give them a hand and wish them luck as well. Beggars earn lots of money in this occasion.
Nha Trang's people also spend heaps of money on decorating their houses, though not as much as other big cities. The local government also spends lots of money preparing for the tet especially opening and repairing special places for kids such as parks, water park.... These places are always full of kids having fun.
As in other Vietnamese families, my mother buys some fruit and cakes to put on the tray and leaves them out in the front yard as an offering, ridding the house of bad luck and wishing for good luck for the coming year before burning the ceremonial money.Li xi (lucky money) is something that most people have to give at this time of the year, which can be expensive. It depends on who you happen to meet. If we meet relatives, family or good friends, we usually give anything from 50,000Vnd. If we meet acquaitances , we give from 10,000Vnd to 50,000Vnd. Before giving them the money in a red envelope, we wish them luck for the coming year.
Nha Trang is a holiday destination for southern people who live in neighbouring provinces, where they can enjoy the sunshine, beaches, bars and good food. There are also lots of people from the north or even from the centre of Viet nam who come here as well. They usually visit islands for a day, go to pagodas, temples for another day and they spend most evenings in seafood restaurants and bars late at night. It's really a safe place to hang around late at night, you can walk on the the beach for the fresh air or drive along the main streets without any problems.