Photos: Vietnamese New Year Photos: Vietnamese New Year Tam Bao Temple members ring in the Vietnamese New Year with a service, dragon dancing and fireworks. Meditating during the service are, front row from left, Chi Ngo, Trinh Vu, (second row from left) Tuyen Pham, Thu Tran and Lien Huong. Advocate story Jan. 24, 2012 Comments The Vietnamese New Year, which is their biggest holiday, starts Monday and is based on the lunar calendar. An estimated 5,000 Vietnamese live in the Baton Rouge area. About 300 people celebrated the new year Sunday at Tam Bao Temple.