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[Video] Rare Footage Documents How Vietnam Celebrated Tet in 1950

In 2020, some age-old customs – such as lighting firecrackers or sending Tet cards – have slowly become obsolete, but most of the ways Vietnamese celebrate Tet have stayed intact over the years, judging by this rare footage of Vietnam during the Lunar New Year in 1950.

From the look of it, our parents and grandparents mostly enjoyed Tet the same way we do today: enjoying a brisk walk at flower festivals, purchasing Tet calligraphy scripts to hang in the living room or getting a fortune reading from the local palmist.

The four-minute clip features Tet traditions from all over Vietnam. Most metropolises now skip some parts of the Tet celebrations shown, like elaborate ceremonies at local temples. However, in rural parts of northern provinces – such as this village in Hanoi – some of these ceremonies are still alive and kicking.

Have a walk down memory lane through this documentary clip, courtesy of British Pathé, below. 

[Video via YouTube user British Pathé]

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