Western flavors on New Year’s Day

Follow the footsteps of photographer Tran Thu An to capture the peaceful and colorful Tet life in Soc Trang, Hau Giang, and Can Tho.

Photoset “Western Flavors” by young photographer Tran Thu An (born in 1993, hometown in Kien Giang) made during his journeys to discover the rhythm of daily life and Tet holidays in Soc Trang, Hau Giang and Can. Poem. Thu An won the gold medal at the 34th Mekong Delta Art Photo Festival in 2019 organized by Hau Giang.

Above is the bustling scene and colorful umbrellas in the central market in Soc Trang city. The market operates from early morning to late afternoon with a full range of items from fresh produce to fabrics, fruits, and home appliances.

Peaceful sunshine on the countryside road running through areca and banana gardens in An Lac Thon town, Ke Sach district, Soc Trang province.

Vi Thanh countryside market, Hau Giang province. Markets everywhere, but the countryside market in Vi Thanh has its own special feature because it is located in the heart of the city and near Tet, the shopping atmosphere becomes more and more bustling.

Here people sell in a fixed location with an area of ​​2-4m2. They squat or sit on low chairs, around the arrangement of items for sale, the position of the sellers continues in a long line, row after row, leaving only a small aisle for buyers.

Harvest Cau Duc pineapple. The name of this pineapple (fragrant) comes from the name of a cast bridge across the Cai Lon river connecting the two provinces of Hau Giang – Kien Giang, built by the French in the 1930s. HoaTien commune, Vi Thanh city.

Cau Duc clump is one of the key crops of Hau Giang, the Department of Intellectual Property granted the geographical indication registration certificate for this pineapple product in November 2020. Cau Duc cluster harvests the main crop in February – March and the off season in July – August off-season annually.

Mrs. Ut played betel in the spring day, with a smile and a tooth dyed red because of betel in Hoa Luu commune, Vi Thanh.

On Tet holiday in the countryside, betel and areca are always placed in a solemn position on the altar, an offering used to burn incense to commemorate grandparents and ancestors. Therefore, on New Year’s Day, whichever family chooses a beautiful areca fruit or betel leaf represents a year full of luck and gratitude.

Thu An shared that when he had free time, he would carry his backpack on his shoulder, sometimes alone or with friends who share similar interests. Vi Thanh, Hau Giang is one of the places he likes to take photos the most because he has been with him during high school.

Spring comes on the busy country road, with the image of children watching cockfighting in Vi Thanh, Hau Giang. “Fighting Chicken” is a folk hobby every Tet comes. The “chicken fighting” match in the countryside always attracts the attention of people around the neighborhood. After the match, the winner will not be awarded with money but will be treated by the losing party.

Spring resound in a live music festival in Hau Giang countryside. On New Year’s Day or festivals, parties, groups of musicians and amateurs gather here to sing freely, it is important to exchange and share in order to preserve and promote the traditional culture of the nation.

Bustling floating market Phong Dien, Can Tho. Market meeting is a long-standing habit and has become a unique and interesting culture of the people of the South, of which floating markets have unique features that are unique to the river. During the Lunar New Year, the life on the floating market was busier and there was no shortage of boats selling pork, watermelon, flowers and fruits.

Boats sell watermelon Tet-on Phong Dien floating market . The market is about 17 km from the center of Can Tho city to the southeast, usually meeting at 4-5 o’clock and by 7-8 o’clock it dissolves.

Ms. Hai’s family gathered to pack banh Tet on Tet in Phong Dien, Can Tho. Banh Tet is not only a New Year’s dish but also a typical cultural feature of the New Year’s Day of the Southern people.

Every December 28, 29, people are busy preparing ingredients to pack cakes such as banana leaves, strings, coconut or sticky rice, then pack them together, cook cakes together.

An old woman is meticulously tying a cake with ropes. Nowadays, due to the busy and modern living conditions, there are few houses that pack banh Tet and often order them at the market.

A Tay Do girl dressed in a Ba ba uniform poured pancakes. Western dishes are filled with shrimp, bean sprouts, served with broccoli, lettuce, fish lettuce, herbs, sour slices of star fruit or pickled rice