Hanoi Old Quarter a hive of activity as Tet draws near

11:20 | 08/02/2018
The streets are brimming with busy people as they flock to local shops in Hanoi’s Old Quarter to prepare for the most important traditional festival of the year – the Lunar New Year (Tet).
hanoi old quarter a hive of activity as tet draws near
Foreigners enjoy the thriving atmosphere of Tet preparations on Hanoi’s streets.
hanoi old quarter a hive of activity as tet draws near
Traditionally, one of the most popular destinations for many Hanoians is Hang Ma street, where they can find various types of votive offerings and decorations needed for Tet.
hanoi old quarter a hive of activity as tet draws near
As Tet is several days away, Hang Ma and many other Hanoi streets are teeming with crowds of people purchasing all they need for Tet.
hanoi old quarter a hive of activity as tet draws near
The 2018 Lunar New Year will be the Year of the Dog, so many decorative objects and Tet lucky envelopes are emblazoned with dog-shaped symbols.
hanoi old quarter a hive of activity as tet draws near
The streets are awash with the richness of red, the colour of Tet, which represents wealth, happiness, and luck.
hanoi old quarter a hive of activity as tet draws near
The vibrant and beautiful streets before Tet provide a wonderful scene for many young couples to capture their meaningful moments.
hanoi old quarter a hive of activity as tet draws near
Thousands of Tet related products are offered for sale at small stalls.
hanoi old quarter a hive of activity as tet draws near
Lanterns are one of the most popular decorative items during Tet as they are said to drive away bad fortune, while bringing the home owner good luck for the future.
hanoi old quarter a hive of activity as tet draws near
It is easy to find the items characteristic of Tet, such as red couplets wishing for a happy New Year, decorative firecrackers, and chung (sticky rice) cake – the indispensable Tet treat of Vietnamese people.
hanoi old quarter a hive of activity as tet draws near
As Tet holds a very special meaning for all Vietnamese, everyone is busy buying food, clothes, and decorations for their homes.
hanoi old quarter a hive of activity as tet draws near
Many kinds of flowers and plants are used to decorate houses during this special festival, with peach blossoms and kumquat trees being particularly popular, the plants bring the hope of welcoming a new spring filled with luck and wealth.
hanoi old quarter a hive of activity as tet draws near
Everyone is looking for the very best offerings for Tet.
hanoi old quarter a hive of activity as tet draws near
Hang Luoc street is brought to life with colourful decorative trees.
hanoi old quarter a hive of activity as tet draws near
Foreigners enjoy the thriving atmosphere of Tet preparations on Hanoi’s streets.
hanoi old quarter a hive of activity as tet draws near
Cotton dogs are especially meaningful gifts for Tet.
hanoi old quarter a hive of activity as tet draws near
Another traditional Tet of growth and renewal is on the way.

Nhan Dan

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