Vietnam's ‘Incense Village’ Prepare for The Lunar New Year

Published January 10th, 2020 - 04:49 GMT

In Vietnam's "incense village", workers are busy preparing the fragrant sticks ahead of the early arrival of the busy lunar new year holiday.

Hundreds of workers are busy dyeing, drying and whittling down bamboo bark to make incense sticks. The village of Quang Phu Cau on the outskirts of Hanoi, or Vietnam’s ‘incense village’, turns a vibrant shade each year as the scented sticks are made ahead of the lunar new year holidays.

The village is known for making incense that has existed for a long time, experiencing ups and downs with the capital’s thousand-year history. People in the village have a job of making incense for a long time. According to the elders in the village, the village’s incense making career originated from a Chinese tradition from the 13th century and developed to this day.

Buddhism and the burning of incense develop here and many other places. At the beginning of the 80s, incense jobs were no longer popular when many families quit their jobs and moved to farm ornamental fish and trading and trading. However, only 7-8 years later, entering the 90s, making incense was restored. The job is quite hard and the income is not so high, but the people still follow a job because they think that this is a traditional job, and for a long time, the people who have lived by this profession now do not know how to change jobs.

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Vietnamese workers collect dried incense sticks in Quang Phu Cau village on the outskirts of Hanoi on January 9, 2020 ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year celebrations, referred to in Vietnam as Tet. (Shutterstock)

Vietnamese workers collect dried incense sticks in Quang Phu Cau village on the outskirts of Hanoi on January 9, 2020 ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year celebrations, referred to in Vietnam as Tet (Shutterstock)

Vietnamese workers collect dried incense sticks in Quang Phu Cau village on the outskirts of Hanoi on January 9, 2020 ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year celebrations, referred to in Vietnam as Tet (Shutterstock)

Vietnamese workers collect dried incense sticks in Quang Phu Cau village on the outskirts of Hanoi on January 9, 2020 ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year celebrations, referred to in Vietnam as Tet (Shutterstock)

Vietnamese workers dye incense sticks in Quang Phu Cau village on the outskirts of Hanoi on January 9, 2020 ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year celebrations, referred to in Vietnam as Tet. Nhac NGUYEN / AFP

Vietnamese workers dye incense sticks in Quang Phu Cau village on the outskirts of Hanoi on January 9, 2020 ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year celebrations, referred to in Vietnam as Tet. Nhac NGUYEN / AFP

Vietnamese workers collect dried incense sticks in Quang Phu Cau village on the outskirts of Hanoi on January 9, 2020 ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year celebrations, referred to in Vietnam as Tet (Shutterstock)

Vietnamese workers collect dried incense sticks in Quang Phu Cau village on the outskirts of Hanoi on January 9, 2020 ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year celebrations, referred to in Vietnam as Tet (Shutterstock)

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Vietnamese workers collect dried incense sticks in Quang Phu Cau village on the outskirts of Hanoi on January 9, 2020 ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year celebrations, referred to in Vietnam as Tet (Shutterstock)

Vietnamese workers collect dried incense sticks in Quang Phu Cau village on the outskirts of Hanoi on January 9, 2020 ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year celebrations, referred to in Vietnam as Tet (Shutterstock)

A Vietnamese woman collects dried incense sticks at a courtyard in Quang Phu Cau village on the outskirts of Hanoi on January 9, 2020 ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year celebrations, referred to in Vietnam as Tet. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP

A Vietnamese woman collects dried incense sticks at a courtyard in Quang Phu Cau village on the outskirts of Hanoi on January 9, 2020 ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year celebrations, referred to in Vietnam as Tet. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP

A Vietnamese woman collects dried incense sticks at a courtyard in Quang Phu Cau village on the outskirts of Hanoi on January 9, 2020 ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year celebrations, referred to in Vietnam as Tet. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP

A Vietnamese woman collects dried incense sticks at a courtyard in Quang Phu Cau village on the outskirts of Hanoi on January 9, 2020 ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year celebrations, referred to in Vietnam as Tet. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP

Vietnamese workers collect dried incense sticks in Quang Phu Cau village on the outskirts of Hanoi on January 9, 2020 ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year celebrations, referred to in Vietnam as Tet. (Shutterstock)
Vietnamese workers collect dried incense sticks in Quang Phu Cau village on the outskirts of Hanoi on January 9, 2020 ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year celebrations, referred to in Vietnam as Tet (Shutterstock)
Vietnamese workers dye incense sticks in Quang Phu Cau village on the outskirts of Hanoi on January 9, 2020 ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year celebrations, referred to in Vietnam as Tet. Nhac NGUYEN / AFP
Vietnamese workers collect dried incense sticks in Quang Phu Cau village on the outskirts of Hanoi on January 9, 2020 ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year celebrations, referred to in Vietnam as Tet (Shutterstock)
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Vietnamese workers collect dried incense sticks in Quang Phu Cau village on the outskirts of Hanoi on January 9, 2020 ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year celebrations, referred to in Vietnam as Tet (Shutterstock)
A Vietnamese woman collects dried incense sticks at a courtyard in Quang Phu Cau village on the outskirts of Hanoi on January 9, 2020 ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year celebrations, referred to in Vietnam as Tet. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP
A Vietnamese woman collects dried incense sticks at a courtyard in Quang Phu Cau village on the outskirts of Hanoi on January 9, 2020 ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year celebrations, referred to in Vietnam as Tet. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP
Vietnamese workers collect dried incense sticks in Quang Phu Cau village on the outskirts of Hanoi on January 9, 2020 ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year celebrations, referred to in Vietnam as Tet. (Shutterstock)
Vietnamese workers collect dried incense sticks in Quang Phu Cau village on the outskirts of Hanoi on January 9, 2020 ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year celebrations, referred to in Vietnam as Tet (Shutterstock)
Vietnamese workers collect dried incense sticks in Quang Phu Cau village on the outskirts of Hanoi on January 9, 2020 ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year celebrations, referred to in Vietnam as Tet (Shutterstock)
Vietnamese workers collect dried incense sticks in Quang Phu Cau village on the outskirts of Hanoi on January 9, 2020 ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year celebrations, referred to in Vietnam as Tet (Shutterstock)
Vietnamese workers dye incense sticks in Quang Phu Cau village on the outskirts of Hanoi on January 9, 2020 ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year celebrations, referred to in Vietnam as Tet. Nhac NGUYEN / AFP
Vietnamese workers dye incense sticks in Quang Phu Cau village on the outskirts of Hanoi on January 9, 2020 ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year celebrations, referred to in Vietnam as Tet. Nhac NGUYEN / AFP
Vietnamese workers collect dried incense sticks in Quang Phu Cau village on the outskirts of Hanoi on January 9, 2020 ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year celebrations, referred to in Vietnam as Tet (Shutterstock)
Vietnamese workers collect dried incense sticks in Quang Phu Cau village on the outskirts of Hanoi on January 9, 2020 ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year celebrations, referred to in Vietnam as Tet (Shutterstock)
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Vietnamese workers collect dried incense sticks in Quang Phu Cau village on the outskirts of Hanoi on January 9, 2020 ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year celebrations, referred to in Vietnam as Tet (Shutterstock)
Vietnamese workers collect dried incense sticks in Quang Phu Cau village on the outskirts of Hanoi on January 9, 2020 ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year celebrations, referred to in Vietnam as Tet (Shutterstock)
A Vietnamese woman collects dried incense sticks at a courtyard in Quang Phu Cau village on the outskirts of Hanoi on January 9, 2020 ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year celebrations, referred to in Vietnam as Tet. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP
A Vietnamese woman collects dried incense sticks at a courtyard in Quang Phu Cau village on the outskirts of Hanoi on January 9, 2020 ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year celebrations, referred to in Vietnam as Tet. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP
A Vietnamese woman collects dried incense sticks at a courtyard in Quang Phu Cau village on the outskirts of Hanoi on January 9, 2020 ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year celebrations, referred to in Vietnam as Tet. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP
A Vietnamese woman collects dried incense sticks at a courtyard in Quang Phu Cau village on the outskirts of Hanoi on January 9, 2020 ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year celebrations, referred to in Vietnam as Tet. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP