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Hoang Thanh Thanh Long recreates worship tables and a series of experiences towards the old New Year, many young families come to learn to display at home

The scene of the old New Year in the Hoang Thanh Thanh Long makes many tourists emotional when visiting.

In the hustle and bustle of modern life, people have to worry and face many difficulties and challenges. Perhaps that’s why many people take it lightly and are no longer interested in Tet, making the traditional flavor increasingly lost.

However, it is undeniable that familiar images in the past such as red couplets, green Banh Chung, and five-fruit trays always make each of us nostalgic.


These days, many visitors entering Hoang Thanh Thanh Long are attracted by the vibrant colors of the Lunar New Year exhibition. It is known that the camp space filled with spring colors was conceived and implemented by the research staff at the relic site.

They took advantage of the space right in front of the 19C Hoang Dieu information counter area to set up the scene of the old Tet. The thousand-year-old beauty of each new year such as the custom of hanging pictures, asking for words, etc., is vividly reproduced.

Hoang Thanh Thanh Long recreates worship tables and a series of experiences towards the old New Year, many young families come to learn to display at home

In the familiar tile-roofed “house” hang works of artists from famous folk painting villages such as Dong Ho (Bac Ninh), Hang Trong and Kim Hoang (Hanoi). In the past, after the New Year of Mr. Cong and Mr. Tao, each family would take down the old picture and hang the new one, hoping to welcome home glory and wealth. Hang pictures to decorate the house more splendidly, cleanly, and welcome a new year with many successes.

The vibrant colors of the paintings evoke a feeling of freshness and coziness.

Next is a New Year altar commonly found in Northern families. The indispensable things are the five-fruit tray, fresh flowers, jam and Banh Chung.

Tet in the old memory also has a crackling firecracker on the night of the 30th and the morning of the first day, meaning to ward off evil spirits and welcome good luck. “I remember when I was a child, the firecrackers lit up the entire front yard. Our children will pull together to pick up the unburnt firecrackers to make them explode” , Mr. Hoang Anh excitedly recalled the memory.

Red couplets bring good wishes.

A silk shop on Rue de la soie – now Hang Dao street was reconstructed.

The appearance of familiar images, of peach blossoms, dahlias, peonies or traditional lanterns shows the meticulous attention to detail of the researchers at the Hoang Thanh Thanh Long.


In the exhibition space, many visitors expressed interest when looking at the display of the ancestors altar on the traditional Tet holiday. Ms. Hoa stood for a long time and together with her husband explained to the children.

“Although people still tell each other that the New Year altar must have Chung cake, jam, and five-fruit tray, not every exhibition dares and can afford to build a model like this. It is not simply an altar, but for us Vietnamese, it is also a good custom.”

In particular, the Lunar New Year has a sacred meaning, an opportunity for people to remember their roots. In particular, the custom of worshiping ancestors on Tet holiday of the Vietnamese people is a spiritual ritual imbued with humanity and morality.

In the days leading up to Tet, every house cleans and redecorates the altar of the ancestors. On New Year’s Day, children and grandchildren invite their ancestors to celebrate Tet with their families, creating a sacred and warm atmosphere.

Before Tet, there is a ceremony to worship Mr. Cong and Mr. Tao on December 23 to send Tao Quan to heaven. On the afternoon of the 30th of Tet, families prepare a full and delicious tray of rice, dignified with the scent of flowers, votive papers, Banh Chung, etc. to celebrate the end of the year.

The five-fruit tray corresponding to the five elements is offered to show filial piety and wish for good things in the family. During the three days of Tet, children and grandchildren all offer offerings and worship their ancestors very thoughtfully.

On the 30th night of New Year’s Eve, the New Year’s Eve offering ceremony (also known as the exorcism ceremony) is considered the most important ceremony, meaning “to send the old man away” to see off the current ruler of the old year and welcome him. new king of the New Year’s control.

On the morning of the first day, the house prepares the offerings for the first day of the year. Because of the concept that the ancestors’ souls reside on the altar with their descendants to celebrate Tet, people often make rice offerings every morning from the first day of the New Year to the golden day.

The ceremony of gilding means burning votive items on the altar on New Year’s Day to see off the ancestors to heaven.

“The custom of worshiping during the Lunar New Year is one of the important contributing factors to preserving and maintaining traditional culture, an indispensable beauty every Tet to spring”, Ms. Bui Thu Phuong, Research room at Hoang Thanh Thanh Long.


In fact, the organization of exhibitions that recreate the traditional Tet space is very familiar, there are many locations and units that do each year. However, the researchers at the Hoang Thanh Thanh Long continue to perform and constantly innovate the form of expression to convey the most authentic and vivid way to everyone.

“In recent years, the direction of research and promotion of values ​​at the World Heritage Site of the Hoang Thanh Thanh Long has undergone fundamental changes, focusing on research in two directions: basic research and applied research.

Intangible culture research plans are promoted and always aim to experience research results through exhibitions and exhibitions; traditional ritual experiences; programs and events … to promote heritage values, bring heritage closer to the public and contribute to promoting Thang Long Imperial Citadel, “ said Ms. Bui Thu Phuong.

Following the old Tet exhibition, here, Thang Long Imperial Citadel will serve the public at the Lunar New Year exhibition in the palace. The rituals before, during and after Tet, showing the majesty and authority of the court under the Le – Nguyen dynasties will be recreated.

In addition, day tours and night tours at Thang Long Imperial Citadel are also maintained and constantly renewed to make it accessible to more generations.

Hopefully, the familiar images of the Tet space will help each Vietnamese child, wherever he is, put aside his worries, worries about life, and regain the traditional taste. Because that is the identity, a sacred and indispensable part of the culture of the Vietnamese generation for generations.

Address: Hoang Thanh Thanh Long, 19C Hoang Dieu, Ba Dinh, Hanoi.

Open time:

Morning: 8:00am – 11:30am.

Afternoon: 14h00 – 17h30.

Parking: 5,000 VND/motorbike; 30,000 VND/car.

Sightseeing price:

– Traditional Lunar New Year exhibition space at 19C Hoang Dieu’s house: free.

– Spring Day Palace exhibition space at N14 building from January 14, 2023: free

– Space to display flowers and miniatures to celebrate the Spring of the Rabbit 2023 at Doan Mon, Kinh Thien Palace and Hau Lau areas, included in the tour to discover the Hoang Thanh Thanh Long: 30,000 VND/person. (not including priority objects).

– Night tour Decoding Thang Long Imperial Citadel: 19:00 every Friday and Saturday: 300,000 VND/adult; 150,000 VND/child.($1=24,000 VND)

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