A rural village outside Hanoi is always busy during the days before the Lunar New Year Tet holiday.
Villagers harvest dong leaves, used the wrapping of the traditional banh chung, a square-shaped glutinous rice cake with mung bean paste and pork filling.
The Trang Cat Village in Hanoi’s Thanh Oai District has been widely known in northern Vietnam for its 600-year history of growing dong plants for the perfectly green leaves.
The villagers sell the leaves all year round for people to make banh chung and the Vietnamese sausage gio cha.
But they are especially busy in the month before Tet as they need to take good care of the dong leaves so that the leaves look great for the most important holiday of the year.
Photo credit: Vietnam News Agency