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Saigon alleys ‘dress up’ as Lunar New Year is all around

Saturday, January 22, 2022, 10:30 GMT+7
Saigon alleys ‘dress up’ as Lunar New Year is all around
Tet decorations are seen at Alley No.100 on Tran Hung Dao Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, January 2022. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

People living down alleys in Ho Chi Minh City have turned busy these days to embellish their neighborhoods to celebrate the 2022 Tet, or Vietnamese Lunar New Year, holiday which falls on February 1.  

Alleys on Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Pham Ngu Lao, Tran Hung Dao streets in District 1 and Truong Sa Street in Binh Thanh District have donned colorful Tet-themed decorations, including flower baskets made from recycled plastic bottles, plastic yellow apricot and peach blossom trees, models of banh chung (square glutinous rice cake) and banh tet (cylindrical glutinous rice cake), and more.

A representative of Quarter 6 in District 1’s Pham Ngu Lao Ward authorities said the neighborhood spent more than 10 days on decoration.

“It was a horrible pandemic year, so our quarter wants to create a Tet-themed corner for local residents to enjoy and have fun,” she said.

Tran Thi Hanh (right) and Nguyen Ngoc Phuong Lien are working on Tet decorations at Alley No.153 on Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, January 2022. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre
Tran Thi Hanh (right) and Nguyen Ngoc Phuong Lien are working on Tet decorations at Alley No. 153 on Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, January 2022. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

“Seeing these decorations make me more eager to come back home and enjoy Tet holiday with my family,” Phan Ngoc Dat said while visiting a well-decorated alley on Tran Hung Dao Street in District 1.

Phan Ngoc Dat (second from left) poses for a selfie with his friend while visiting Alley No.100 on Tran Hung Dao Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, January 2022. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre
Phan Ngoc Dat (second from left) poses for a selfie with his friend while visiting Alley No. 100 on Tran Hung Dao Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, January 2022. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre
Tran Thi Thao (left) and Trinh Quang Phat are working on Tet decorations at Alley No. 353 on Pham Ngu Lao Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, January 2022. Photo: Ngoc Phuong/ Tuoi Tre
Tran Thi Thao (left) and Trinh Quang Phat are working on Tet decorations at Alley No. 353 on Pham Ngu Lao Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, January 2022. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre
Tet decorations are seen at an alley in Ho Chi Minh City, January 2022. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre
Colorful Tet items are seen at an alley in Ho Chi Minh City, January 2022. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre
A tree pot made from a recycled plastic container is used as decoration at an alley in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre
A tree pot made from a recycled plastic container is used as decoration at an alley in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

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