Tet in Hanoi in the early 1900s

By Phan Duong   January 23, 2017 | 03:45 pm GMT+7

Banh chung, peach blossoms and calligraphy have always been the holiday staples.

tet-in-hanoi-in-the-early-1900s

Dong Xuan Market, then the biggest market in Hanoi, days before the Lunar New Year in 1929.

tet-in-hanoi-in-the-early-1900s-1

Peach blossoms on sale on Hang Khoai Street. The street sold sweet potatoes (khoai) throughout the year and only made space for flowers during Tet.

tet-in-hanoi-in-the-early-1900s-2

Boys help their parents sell peach blossoms at Dong Xuan Market.

tet-in-hanoi-in-the-early-1900s-3

Pots of daffodils, a popular holiday decoration in Hanoi. The best ones blossom on Lunar New Year's Eve.

tet-in-hanoi-in-the-early-1900s-4

Farmers bring oranges to the city center. The sweet, juicy fruit remains a main part of traditional trays each family prepares during the holiday.

tet-in-hanoi-in-the-early-1900s-5

Rolls of the big green dong (Phrynium placentarium) leaves for wrapping banh chung, the holiday sticky rice cake stuffed with pork and mung beans.

tet-in-hanoi-in-the-early-1900s-6

A father and son dry and mold banh chung into shape after boiling them for hours. Making the cake used to be a fun part of the holiday but not many people have the time or space to do it now.

tet-in-hanoi-in-the-early-1900s-7

Calligraphy painters on Hang Bo Street.

tet-in-hanoi-in-the-early-1900s-8

A man tends his bonsai to decorate the house during Tet.

tet-in-hanoi-in-the-early-1900s-9

A family dresses up on the first day of the Lunar New Year.

tet-in-hanoi-in-the-early-1900s-10

Flower pots and calligraphy decorations at a wealthy family's home.

tet-in-hanoi-in-the-early-1900s-11

A Tet photo features four generations of a family.

tet-in-hanoi-in-the-early-1900s-12

Visits to temples were a crucial part of the holiday, as they still are now.

Related news:

CNN lists Hanoi’s flower market among best places to celebrate Lunar New Year

Across Vietnam, from past to present

 
 
go to top