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Vietnamese Tet in the old days

Memory about Tet, the Vietnamese Lunar New Year, during the old days, particularly in the subsidy period hasn’t faded from Vietnamese hearts. 

Let’s take a peek into the past to see what the cherished tradition looked like back then.


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Must-have items during Tet in the past were fruit candies, spring roll wrappers, monosodium glutamate, pepper, cigarettes, and green tea.

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A store selling firecrackers for the Tet holiday

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Children in the past were always attracted to the red and pink fire crackers.

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Busy Tet market

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The crowded Dong Xuan market

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Tet flower market

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People used to buy Tet calendars, pictures, and New Year parallel sentences to decorate their home.

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Peach blossom and kumquat trees have been decorative items for the Vietnamese for years.

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

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