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Inviting New Year’s fortune through art of calligraphy

By The Ky

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HCMC – The early days of the Lunar New Year (Tet) are a sacred time for the Vietnamese to express hopes and aspirations for the new year. Among the cherished Tet traditions, the art of calligraphy is an especially exquisite tradition. In Vietnamese culture, it is believed that one can invite fortune into their home by acquiring calligraphy sheets.
Individuals visit scholars with New Year wishes
These wishes are then meticulously transcribed into elegant Chinese scripts
Scholars write Chinese characters on red paper
Ink glistens like pure gold, adding to the allure of the art
Sheets of calligraphy paper are spread out on the table, with each spaced apart to prevent smudging as ink is still wet
Calligraphy rendered in gold exhibits a radiant effect, casting a shimmering allure
Recipients delicately cut the calligraphy paper, shaping it into round forms
The recipient of the calligraphy poses for a photo with a skilled scholar
In alignment with the current zodiac year, skilled scholars craft the script in the likeness of a dragon
The signboards of calligraphy scholars are crafted from fabric and tailored by their own hands

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