HCM City’s residents flock to Tet calligraphy markets
More than 50 ‘ong do’ (calligraphers), including men and women of varying ages, from calligraphy clubs in the city and neighbouring provinces are joining the event.
The artists, dressed in ao dai (Vietnamese traditional dress), sit on mats arranged in an oval shape symbolising peace, similar to calligraphy markets in the past.
They are selling calligraphy works and lucky money envelopes in black and yellow ink on red paper, priced from 10,000 VND to 200,000 VND (0.4-8.6 USD), depending on the craftsmanship, size and materials. Larger works cost 500,000 VND (21.5 USD) or more.
People traditionally hang the lucky money envelopes and small calligraphy works mai trees to wish for luck, happiness and prosperity.
The market will remain open until January 23 (one day before Lunar New Year’s Eve)./.