The Girls of Tết Trung Thu

This is gallery of photographs made with a Fuji X Pro-1 and a Fujinon 18mm, and a Leica M9 with a Elmarit 28mm a few days before Hanoi’s Tết Trung Thu festival (also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival). Traditionally, the festival celebrated harvest and is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar. In recent years, it’s an occasion for young women (and men) to walk the streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter to show off new clothes, and to wear over-sized fake eyeglasses, and Minnie Mouse ears or antlers on their heads.

The young women parading the street were very keen to be photographed, and seeing my cameras, asked to be photographed…making the ‘V’ sign and tilting their heads. I was told the ‘V’ sign denotes positivity, and is widely spread a gesture amongst the Asian youth that says “I feel happy, and life is good.”

All Photographs © 2012 Tewfic El-Sawy. All text and images appearing on this web site are protected by United States and international copyright laws.

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