The book festival, located on Le Loi Boulevard in District 1, is a highlight event celebrating Tet in the southern metropolis.

The festival is open to visitors until the 5th day of the first lunar month, corresponding to the following Wednesday.

Hoang Thuy, a festival attendee, shared that her two children were thrilled to visit the book street and were enticed by the special deals and Tet gifts available at the event.

Many young readers also found this Lunar New Year book festival extremely appealing.

Nguyen Van Nghia, a resident of Binh Thanh District, explained that his two kids expressed their joy while exploring the book street and used nearly VND800,000 ($33) of their Tet lucky money to buy various books.

Aside from children, the book festival also proved to be a favorite Tet destination among the elderly.

Nguyen Van Bau, a 92-year-old originally from central Quang Ngai Province and currently residing in Ho Chi Minh City, stood out as one of the most senior attendees, demonstrating an enduring passion for books.

Bau was accompanied to the event by his grandchild Nguyen Van Nghia Huy, a sophomore at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Transport.

Huy mentioned that his paternal grandfather is a book lover who typically immerses himself in books and even owns a tablet for reading e-books.

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Information and Communications has launched an initiative to give away over 16,000 books as Tet gifts at the book festival on the first day of the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday, February 11, 2024. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

Visitors pack an annual book festival in downtown Ho Chi Minh City during the first day of the Tet holiday, February 10, 2024. Photo: Tu Trung / Tuoi Tre

Revelers gather at a booth giving away books as Tet gifts. Photo: Tu Trung / Tuoi Tre

A festival goer explores a book stall. Photo: Tu Trung / Tuoi Tre

Child readers visit the Lunar New Year book festival. Photo: Tu Trung / Tuoi Tre

Nguyen Van Bau, a 92-year-old resident in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 12, was perhaps the oldest reveler during the first day of the Tet holiday, February 10, 2024. Photo: Tu Trung / Tuoi Tre

A boy picks his favorite books at the event. Photo: Tu Trung / Tuoi Tre

More than 65,000 books of various genres are being offered at the Lunar New Year book festival held on Le Loi Boulevard in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tu Trung / Tuoi Tre