Central Vietnam cities set for glitzy Lunar New Year

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The central Vietnamese cities of Da Nang and Hoi An have lined up a slew of traditional cultural programs for the Lunar New Year.

In Da Nang, 29th March Park, where a community house will be built and floral arrangements made, will host a number of the main events including a drum festival, folk music performances, poetry night, and traditional fashion show.

Other events in the city will include a music and dance festival, water puppetry shows, dragon and lion dances, and acrobatics.

In Hoi An, a lantern festival is being held from January 17 to February 6, and it will feature a lantern making competition, the fourth of its kind, to honor the traditional craft.

The city's old streets and mysterious alleys are bathed in the light of lanterns.

There will also be a dancing and singing contest, fashion show, folk singing contest, martial arts festival, and fireworks performance.

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