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Farmers earn extra from seasonal jobs prior to Tet holiday in Ho Chi Minh City

Farmers earn extra from seasonal jobs prior to Tet holiday in Ho Chi Minh City

Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 17:57 GMT+7
Farmers earn extra from seasonal jobs prior to Tet holiday in Ho Chi Minh City
Two workers carry a buffalo mascot statue at a facility that specializes in making decorations for the Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Many farmers have come to Ho Chi Minh City from the Mekong Delta to find unseasonal jobs at a local facility that specializes in making decorations for the Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday.

The farmers, who hail from such localities as Hau Giang, Kien Giang, and Can Tho, have been working at a workshop in outlying Binh Chanh District.

They are in charge of multiple tasks in the manufacturing of decorations and mascot statues inspired by the Year of the Buffalo, which is the zodiacal animal of the next lunar year starting on February 12.

Workers make decorations for Tet holiday at a workshop in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Workers make decorations for Tet holiday at a workshop in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

These objects are often used to decorate shopping malls in downtown areas to attract more visitors before and during Tet holiday.

To save as much money as possible, the seasonal workers live at their workplace.

They brought along a hammock to sleep at night and a rice cooker to prepare their daily meals.

Workers make decorations for Tet holiday at a workshop in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Workers make decorations for Tet holiday at a workshop in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

The income they earn will be used to support their families back in their hometowns as well as prepare for the upcoming farming season.

“The tasks are not very physically demanding but they do require some esthetic skills. We each earn about VND25-35 million [US$1,080-1,510] from these temporary gigs,” said Tran Vinh Xuyen, a resident in Can Tho.

A buffalo mascot statue is placed in front of Diamond Plaza in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

A buffalo mascot statue is placed in front of the Diamond Plaza shopping center in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Mascot statues are brought to a shopping mall in downtown Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Mascot statues are brought to a shopping mall in downtown Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Two men check some mascot statue designs at a workshop in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Two men check some mascot statue designs at a workshop in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Seasonal workers talk with their family members via video calls at a workshop in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Seasonal workers talk with their family members via video calls at a workshop in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Lunar New Year decorations are set up at a shopping mall in downtown Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Lunar New Year decorations are set up at a shopping mall in downtown Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

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