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So-called fortune market in Ho Chi Minh City brilliant in red ahead of Tet

So-called fortune market in Ho Chi Minh City brilliant in red ahead of Tet

Monday, January 24, 2022, 16:32 GMT+7
So-called fortune market in Ho Chi Minh City brilliant in red ahead of Tet
People shop for Lunar New Year decorations at ‘Tai Loc’ Market on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Red envelopes, lanterns, and couplets have brightened up a decoration market on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City during the days leading to the 2022 Lunar New Year (Tet), which falls on February 1.

The market is widely known as ‘Tai Loc’ (Fortune) Market, where vendors sell a variety of Tet decorations, such as lanterns, red envelopes, pairs of Tet wishes, red couplets, and artificial apricots and peach blossoms.

Stretching 600 meters long, it has attracted many shoppers who want to give their houses a revamp ahead of the Tet holiday. 

Although vendors have scaled down their stocks due to concerns that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic may dampen market demands, their sales have picked up.

“Items with images of tigers [the zodiac animal of the coming lunar year] are popular this year,” said Chau Gia Huy, a vendor at Fortune Market.

“I hope that from now until Tet, trading will be smooth. 

“Tet is always the most important holiday of the year.”

Below are photos capturing the colorful, bustling scenes at Fortune Market in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City:

Red couplets are put up for sale at ‘Tai loc’ Market on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Red couplets are put up for sale at ‘Tai Loc’ Market on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

People shop for Lunar New Year decorations at ‘Tai loc’ Market on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

People shop for Lunar New Year decorations at ‘Tai Loc’ Market on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

‘Tai loc’ Market gets crowded on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

‘Tai Loc’ Market gets crowded on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

People shop for Lunar New Year decorations at ‘Tai loc’ Market on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

People shop for Lunar New Year decorations at ‘Tai Loc’ Market on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A shop sells red couplets, paper cannons, and artificial apricots and peach blossoms at ‘Tai loc’ Market on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A shop sells red couplets, paper cannons, and artificial apricots and peach blossoms at ‘Tai Loc’ Market on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A man shops for artificial plants at ‘Tai loc’ Market on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A man shops for artificial plants at ‘Tai Loc’ Market on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A tiger red envelope is put up for sale at ‘Tai loc’ Market on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A tiger red envelope is put up for sale at ‘Tai Loc’ Market on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A man shops for lanterns at ‘Tai loc’ Market on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A man shops for lanterns at ‘Tai Loc’ Market on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

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