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They burn everything: food, money, clothes, tablets. Sacrificial fires blaze along the roads, at snack bars and shops. So on the central streets of Hanoi, Tryng Nguyen is celebrated – the day of wandering souls. This is the second most important holiday – after Tet Nguyen Dan, the Vietnamese New Year.
Three young men in greasy T-shirts and knee-high shorts right on the sidewalk, a meter away from hundreds of motorbikes passing by, collect a car model from cardboard. Such a car on the streets of Vietnam almost does not meet: in the country the tax on owning a car sometimes exceeds its cost. Here it is really a luxury, not a means of transportation. But a model made of paper the size of a shoebox is not a child’s toy, but an offering to deceased ancestors. Continue reading