Photography & Art

Vintage photos of TET

An exhibition of Vintage photos of TET has opened at the Thang Long Royal Citadel in Hanoi.

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Photo of an elderly person tasting betel quid and areca, a long-standing TET tradition of Vietnamese.

A photo of the family altar as traditionally decorated, including the important five-fruit tray.

The photos show people making banh chung (square glutinous rice cake), indispensable during Tet.

A video at the exhibition shows villagers making banh chung.

A customer considers purchasing one of the paintings.

A Confucian scholar performs calligraphy at the event. On the first days of the New Year, people often go to temples or pagodas and ask for ‘good words’ from Confucian scholars.

Growing narcissus and waiting for it to bloom on the Eve of the Lunar New Year is a tradition of Vietnamese. It is believed that if the bulbs bloom  on the eve the entire family will be blessed with good luck throughout the new year.

Nguyen Phu Cuong  shares his experiences in growing and taking care of paper-white narcissus bulbs. Growing this plant helps calm people, he says.

Chu Van Thang from the Phu Xuyen handicraft village in Hanoi, sells To He (toy figurines) for children as TET gifts, which he says are often inspired by cartoons aired on television.

Two customers buy figurines from Chu Van Thang for their nephews.

Aizawa Sumiko, a visitor from Japan who visited the exhibition on opening day, says the experience helped her learn a great deal about TET.

Baskets and cyclos full of flowers at the exhibition.

A bonsai and flower exhibition is also ongoing in front of the Doan Mon (Southern Gate).

More than 700 trees and flowers on display designed by artisans from the Thang Long Bonsai Association.

The exhibition is open every day 8:30 a.m to 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m to 5:00 p.m through Feb. 29 at the Thang Long Royal Citadel, 9 Hoang Dieu Street, Ba Dinh District in Hanoi.




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