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A journey through time: Old photos of Tet in Hanoi 90 years ago


Take a peek into the past to see how the cherished traditional Tet looked like.

The Tet rush usually starts a month before the clock strikes Lunar New Year, with people busy shopping, preparing for the homecoming, cleaning and decorating houses, and cooking Tet specialties, and the celebration can last to another month after the official holiday.

Yet many are arguing Tet is losing its magic amid the modern fast-paced life, and whether the country should abandon the long-standing festival and its accompanying “exhaustion”, joining the rest of the world to celebrate only the Gregorian New Year instead.

Others on the other hand, are trying to revive the flavors of Tet to prove how it has been a sacred, venerable tradition passed on for centuries that should be kept for the next generations.

While the debate spirals on, take a look back at the Tet spirit in Hanoi almost a century ago, before the wars, the Subsidy Period and then the modern lifestyle rolled in. These black and white photos, taken mostly at the central market of Dong Xuan in the 1920s give a glimpse of the Tet bustle that the elders have been nostalgic for.

Photos via Flickr/manhhai.

Cherry blossoms were being sold at a corner of Dong Xuan Market.

Cherry blossoms were being sold at a corner of Dong Xuan Market.

Waiting to get blessings written in calligraphy, a New Year tradition that is still kept alive today in the capital.

Waiting to get blessings written in calligraphy, a New Year tradition that is still kept alive today in the capital.

People curiously surrounded a balloon store in Hanoi.

People curiously surround a balloon store in Hanoi.

Bamboo leaves used to wrap banh chung, a Tet special rice cake, were displaying at a stall in the market.

Bamboo leaves used to wrap banh chung, a special Tet rice cake, are on sale at a stall in the market.

A woman were selling votive paper offerings. The practice of burning them during Tet symbolize how family members continue to remember and care for the deceased, as well as the gods and spirits.

A woman selling votive paper offerings. The practice of burning them during Tet symbolizes how family members continue to remember and care for the deceased, as well as the gods and spirits.

Another woman picked bananas amid the crowded Dong Xuan Market.

Another woman picks bananas amid the crowded Dong Xuan Market.

Dong Xuan Market from afar.

Dong Xuan Market from afar.

Ngoc Son Pagoda in Tet 1928.

Ngoc Son Pagoda during Tet of 1928.

A fortune-teller and his customers under the Pen Tower, or Thap But.

A fortune-teller and his customers under the Pen Tower, or Thap But.

Children in a noble family came to visit and wish their parents good health in the first days of the new year in Xa La village, Ha Dong. 

Children from a noble family visit and wish their parents good health in the first days of the new year in Xa La Village, Ha Dong (now Hanoi’s suburban district). 


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