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Traditional Hanoi on the last morning of the lunar year

Traditional Hanoi on the last morning of the lunar year

NDO – Hanoi was flooded with golden sunshine and bustling shopping atmosphere on the last morning of the lunar year.

Traditional Hanoi on the last morning of the lunar year

On Thursday morning (February 11, i.e. the last day of the lunar year), as early rays of sunlight seeped through the foliage, few locals flocked to the almost empty Hanoi streets to enjoy the year-end morning air by Hoan Kiem lake.

Traditional Hanoi on the last morning of the lunar year

In contrast to the tranquillity in the Old Quarter, in the shopping streets and traditional wet markets, shopping and business activities are bustling.

Traditional Hanoi on the last morning of the lunar year

On the last day of the lunar year, Hang Be Market is crowded with people shopping for all kinds of food to offer to their ancestors on the alter in the Tat Nien (year-end) ceremony.

Traditional Hanoi on the last morning of the lunar year

Chickens used for worshiping rituals are presented attractively. This morning, such chickens at Hang Be Market cost between VND700,000 and VND1 million per chicken.

Traditional Hanoi on the last morning of the lunar year

Old coriander is the best-selling item this morning. The habit of boiling old coriander leaves to bathe on the last day of the lunar year to welcome the Lunar New Year (Tet) has become a beautiful, sacred custom and a cultural feature of many Vietnamese people.

Traditional Hanoi on the last morning of the lunar year

At 8:00 am, traders at Hang Ma Market start to open their shops, preparing for the last business day of the year.

Traditional Hanoi on the last morning of the lunar year

Traditional Hang Luoc Flower Market is still deserted in the early morning. Spring peach blossom branches are rushed to Hanoian homes to welcome Tet.

Traditional Hanoi on the last morning of the lunar year

Roses are carefully selected to display on the altars on the Tet festival.

Traditional Hanoi on the last morning of the lunar year

At the corner of Hang Ga and Bat Dan streets, a group of friends chatting over coffee, reviewing the past year.

Traditional Hanoi on the last morning of the lunar year

Shop owners on Hang Dieu Street cleaning their homes to prepare for the lunar new year.

Traditional Hanoi on the last morning of the lunar year

In many families, the year-end offerings have been offered to the ancestors to see off the old year.

Traditional Hanoi on the last morning of the lunar year

At noon, clothing shops on Hang Bong Street are still bustling with shoppers.

Photo: NDO/Duy Linh