Braised fish, pagoda feature in leading UK newspaper

By Nguyen Quy   February 16, 2021 | 03:45 pm GMT+7
Two photos taken in northern Vietnam, showcasing how Vietnamese celebrate Tet, were chosen by The Guardian in its global best collection of Lunar New Year festivities.

A photo taken by Reuters captures a man wearing a gas mask as he braises black carp in clay pots with firewood to serve as a traditional Tet dish in Vu Dai Village, northern Ha Nam Province.

Bui Van Cuong wears a gas mask as he braises black carp in clay pots with firewood to serve as a traditional Vietnamese dish, Ha Nam Province. Photo by Reuters/Kham.

A man wears a gas mask as he braises black carp in clay pots with firewood to serve as a traditional Vietnamese dish, Ha Nam Province. Photo by Reuters/Kham.

The northern village has built itself a reputation for this special Tet treat. More than 50 households make it, but only 10 do so on a large scale. Each household sells 1,000-2,000 pots of fish per year.

The other photo taken by AFP captures two women in face masks checking their smartphones at Tran Quoc Pagoda in Hanoi’s Tay Ho District, one of the oldest pagodas in the capital.

Two women check their smartphones at Tran Quoc Pagoda in Hanoi, 2021. Photo by AFP/Manan Vatsyayana.

Two women check their smartphones at Tran Quoc Pagoda in Hanoi, 2021. Photo by AFP/Manan Vatsyayana.

In Vietnam, Lunar New Year, or Tet, is the most important national holiday, an occasion for family reunions and home parties. This year, the Year of Buffalo started on February 12 and Vietnamese enjoyed their seven-day Tet break which wrapped up on Tuesday.

The Guardian’s collection also featured images of people burning incense and praying for good luck on Lunar New Year’s Eve at a temple in China’s Guangxi region, or divers wearing costumes to perform a traditional lion dance at Indonesia’s Jakarta aquarium.

 
 
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