PICS | A photo story of Vietnamese women drying incense sticks in preparation for Chinese New Year

2020-01-18 06:45 - Marisa Crous
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So, Christmas and New Year is done. Now for Chinese New Year celebrations!

Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year, is the Chinese festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar. This year is the year of the Rat.   

Photographer, Felix Cesare recently captured a series of stunning shots for Getty Images showing Vietnamese women drying incense sticks outdoor in a village in Hanoi, Vietnam,. This is in preparation for sales ahead of Chinese New Year celebrations that will take place on 25 January 2020 and into the month of February. 

MAPPED: From Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh on a sea-foodie road trip through Vietnam 

The 'incense village', as it's known, sees bouquets of joss sticks made from bamboo, dipped and dyed in various colours, just in time for the annual festivities. 

Here are some of Cesare's beautiful images: 

Vietnams incense village prepares for New Year cel

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Making red Incense in Quang Phu Cau village near h

(PHOTO: Getty Images)  

Vietnams incense village prepares for New Year cel

(PHOTO: Getty Images)  

Vietnams incense village prepares for New Year cel

(PHOTO: Getty Images)  

Vietnams incense village prepares for New Year cel

(PHOTO: Getty Images)  

incense sticks are being dried by the sun. Making

(PHOTO: Getty Images)

Where you can celebrate Chinese New Year in SA: 

Nan Hua Temple, Bronkhorstspruit

Perhaps the best place to celebrate this event in SA, head to this majestic temple for a free! Various festivities will take place throughout the day on Sunday, the 26th of January 2020.

Cyrildene, Joburg's biggest Chinatown

On Saturday, 1 February 2020, go join in at Joburg's biggest street party. Derrick Avenue will be filled with food stalls and Cyrildene's dozens of restaurants all offer special festive menus for Lunar New Year. Expect lots of colour, vibe, and dancing! More info here.

First Chinatown on Commissioner Street

Go to Ferreirasdorp where Chinese New Year will be celebrated on Saturday, 8 February 2015. Fireworks, street food and traditional dancing will all form part of the day's fun!

Tao Yuan Asian Restaurant, Main Road, Sea Point (021 434 0065) 

This is an establishment. The owner, “Auntie Mary” has served-up authentic Cantonese cuisine here for many, many years. The best place to celebrate in Cape Town!

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