Hàng Mã is one of the 36 old streets of Hà Nội and is now decked out in brilliant red ahead of the Lunar New Year. It is home to the traditional craft of making joss paper in different shapes such as horses, shoes, clothes and even houses. These items are burned as offerings to worship ancestors.
The street is also famous for selling themed decorations.
On special occasions such as Christmas, the Mid-Autumn Festival, and Valentine's Day, the street sells decorations that match the theme of the holiday.
Now Hàng Mã Street has had a bright makeover as Tết (Lunar New Year), the biggest and most important holiday of the year, is just around the corner.
Hàng Mã Street puts on a brilliant red makeover as Tết (Lunar New Year) is just around the corner. VNS Photo Trương Văn Vị
Paper firecrackers, handmade Tết wreaths and posters of calligraphy are among the most sought-after items ahead of the holiday. Wishes of luck, peace and happiness are written on these decorations.
Paper firecrackers, handmade Tết wreaths and calligraphy are among the most sought-after items during the occasion. VNS Photo Trương Văn Vị
The wishes of luck, peace and happiness are written on the decorations. VNS Photo Trương Văn Vị
Decorative hangings replicating traditional foods during Tết, such as bánh chưng, bánh tét or watermelon are also snapped up by many customers as they believe that these items will bring prosperity to their families.
Locals go to Hàng Mã Street to buy decorations and necessities for upcoming Tết celebrations. VNS Photo Trương Văn Vị
For Vietnamese people, no holiday is as significant as Tết. It's an occasion for family reunions, worshipping ancestors, taking a once-a-year rest and preserving traditional values.
Children are brought to Hàng Mã Street by their parents to enjoy the Tết atmosphere. VNS Photo Trương Văn Vị
Many families have taken their children to the street to explore the Tết atmosphere and give the kids a chance to embrace the traditional and cultural values at a young age. — VNS