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Saigon market packed as people buy Tet offerings

By Quynh Tran   January 24, 2022 | 07:01 pm PT
Thiec Market in HCMC’s District 11 is filled with shoppers these days looking for votive papers to offer to the gods for Tet, the Lunar New Year.
Saigon market packed as people buy Tet offerings

The Kitchen Gods are believed to leave earth for heaven on Tuesday.

Vietnamese believe each family has its own Kitchen Gods who act as its guardians, and leave earth a week before the new year, which falls on February 1 this year.

Saigon market packed as people buy Tet offerings

Sellers at around 20 votive paper stalls in the market had people coming in throughout the day to buy.

Saigon market packed as people buy Tet offerings

While handling the customers the sellers also had to prepare to deliver some large orders.

Saigon market packed as people buy Tet offerings

“In the last few months the shops have been deserted, but now they are packed as Tet approaches,” Luong Nu, a 70-year-old stall owner who has been selling votive paper at the market for 45 years, said.

Saigon market packed as people buy Tet offerings

Do Anh Hao, 30, said he bought the offerings because he plans to open a company this year and wants the gods’ blessings.

He has spent around VND500,000 ($22) on offerings.

Saigon market packed as people buy Tet offerings

Luong Thi Chuc, 60, rode her bike nearly 10 kilometers to buy VND148,000 worth of offerings to her Kitchen Gods.

The atmosphere in the market as the holidays approach was what she wanted to feel, she said.

Saigon market packed as people buy Tet offerings

Replicas of clothes, vehicles, computers, and smartphones are available from VND10,000 to VND30,000 each. People usually burn them to “send” to dead people and ancestors.

Saigon market packed as people buy Tet offerings

A votive paper motorbike costs VND100,000.

Saigon market packed as people buy Tet offerings

Hao of Binh Tan District carried several bags of offerings that cost VND1.4 million.

Saigon market packed as people buy Tet offerings

Many delivery workers came to pick up goods.

 
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