Following last year’s flooding monsoon Vietnam temporary mothballed the New Year’s fireworks shows it was known to have, leaving every rooftop bar in Saigon during New Year’s for 2017 oddly silent and unilluminated.
The lack of fireworks was due to the ruling Communist Party calling for Vietnam to practice austerity for the downtrodden and those afflicted by the flooding last year. This led to the major Vietnamese cities, such as Hanoi and Saigon, to go fireworks-free, under orders from the Party. The funding for that instead went to aiding the poor and the downtrodden across the country, particularly those who were devastated by natural disasters.
Flooding and stormy weather raged across Vietnam in the first months of 2017, resulting in over 390 people either dead or missing by November, which is a marked increase from last year’s casualties, which only sat at 264.
In relation to this, Ho Chi Minh City also decided to pass on the fireworks shows for the Reunification Day celebration back in April 30, but did return the light show for the Vietnamese National Day on the 2nd of September, returning a classic view to every rooftop bar in Saigon to much joy.
Now, for the end of 2017, Ho Chi Minh is slated to bring the tradition back with a bang; several, in fact, with the initial plans for New Year’s Eve revised in order to throw not one, but four firework parties. Though the plan is still officially awaiting government approval.
The plan has four 15-minute fireworks shows to take place at the following locations:
- Thu Thiem Tunnel, which acts as the link between Districts 1 and 2;
- Dam Sen Park, at District 11;
- Cu Chi Tunnels at Chu Chi District, and;
- Rung Sac Square in Can Gio District.
Additionally, there are plans for a light show to grace the skies near the City Hall on Le Thanh Ton Street, as well as a countdown in the nearby Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street. Again, like the other shows, official approval is still pending.
Ho Chi Minh reports says that the city plans to fund all of this with private funding.