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Vietnam ready to welcome Year of Tiger with colorful zodiac statues

Thursday, January 27, 2022, 10:54 GMT+7
Vietnam ready to welcome Year of Tiger with colorful zodiac statues
A tiger rides a crane carrying gold, meant to symbolize the desire for success in the coming year. This is a greeting from Da Lat City to visitors. Photo: Duc Tho / Tuoi Tre

As the Lunar New Year festival approaches, tiger statues honoring this year’s zodiac animal are popping up in public places across the country, adding to the liveliness of spring in Vietnam.

Vietnamese will formally celebrate the Tet, or Lunar New Year, festival on Februrary 1.

The occasion is meant for family gatherings over good foods and good luck wishes.

Floral decorations are an important part while adults typically give 'lucky money' in red envelopes to children to wish them health and outstanding academic results.

The fest tends to last at least a week.

A lovely, smiling tiger mascot in Buon Ma Thuot City, Dak Lak Province, Vietnam's Central Highlands. Photo: The The / Tuoi Tre

A lovely, smiling tiger figure in Buon Ma Thuot City, Dak Lak Province, located in Vietnam's Central Highlands. Photo: The The / Tuoi Tre

Two young women pose for a photo in front of a tiger statue while donning traditional Vietnamese 'ao dai' in Buon Ma Thuot City, Dak Lak Province, Vietnam. Photo: The The / Tuoi Tre

Two young women pose for a photo in front of a tiger statue while donning traditional Vietnamese 'ao dai' in Buon Ma Thuot City, Dak Lak Province, Vietnam. Photo: The The / Tuoi Tre

A tiger statue representing natives from the Mekong Delta is being constructed at the gateway into Da Lat City. Photo: Duc Tho / Tuoi Tre

A tiger statue donning the traditional costume of people from the Mekong Delta is being constructed at the gateway to Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: Duc Tho / Tuoi Tre

A trio of tiger statues ‘plays’ instruments at the Ong Dao Bridge Roundabout in Da Lat City. Photo: Duc Tho / Tuoi Tre

A trio of tiger statues perform music at the Ong Dao Bridge Roundabout in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: Duc Tho / Tuoi Tre

A ‘family’ of tiger statues in Bac Lieu Province, Vietnam. Photo: Chi Quoc / Tuoi Tre

A ‘family’ of tiger statues in Bac Lieu Province, Vietnam. Photo: Chi Quoc / Tuoi Tre

A roaring tiger statue in the center of Long Xuyen City, An Giang Province, Vietnam. Photo: Dang Tuyet / Tuoi Tre

A roaring tiger figure in the center of Long Xuyen City, An Giang Province, Vietnam. Photo: Dang Tuyet / Tuoi Tre

A stately ‘family’ of tigers on Binh Dong Street in District 8, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

A stately ‘family’ of tigers on Binh Dong Street in District 8, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Workers rush to complete the flower street and tiger models on Bach Dang Street in Da Nang, Vietnam, January 25, 2022. Bach Dang Flower Street is adorned this year with a model of five tigers in five different hues, representing the five elements. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre

Workers rush to complete the flower street and tiger models on Bach Dang Street in Da Nang, Vietnam, January 25, 2022. Bach Dang Flower Street is adorned this year with five tigers in five different hues, representing the five elements of metal, wood, water, fire, and earth. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre

The colorful tiger mascots in Da Nang, Vietnam. Photo: Thai Ba Dung / Tuoi Tre

Colorful tiger figures in Da Nang, Vietnam. Photo: Thai Ba Dung / Tuoi Tre

The colorful tiger mascots in Da Nang, Vietnam. Photo: Thai Ba Dung / Tuoi Tre

Colorful tiger figures in Da Nang, Vietnam. Photo: Thai Ba Dung / Tuoi Tre

A massive tiger mascot made of gravel, mica, and softwood on Nguyen Hue Flower Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

A massive tiger figure made of gravel, mica, and softwood on Nguyen Hue Flower Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

This 4.6-meter-high and more than 10-meter-long 'lord of the jungle' mascot is constructed of tempered glass, mica, and moss and is placed on Nguyen Hue Flower Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

This 4.6-meter-high and 10-meter-long 'lord of the jungle' figure is constructed of tempered glass, mica, and moss and is placed on Nguyen Hue Flower Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Workers rush to complete the massive tiger mascot made of steel and stainless-steel on Nguyen Hue Flower Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Workers rush to complete a massive tiger made of steel on Nguyen Hue Flower Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

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