As the traditional Lunar New Year festival (Tet), a calligraphy is a type of visual art related to writing around the Van Mieu Quoc Tu Giam (the Temple of Literature – Vietnam’s first university) in the capital city of Hanoi.
Calligraphy is a design and execution of lettering with a broad tip instrument or brush in one stroke.Calligraphers gather on the pavement around the Van Mieu Quoc Tu Giam (the Temple of Literature – Vietnam’s first university) in the capital city of Hanoi. The calligraphers sit and paint side-by-side for more than 100 meters (yards) along the tree-shaded temple wall where their finished works hang.
They offer calligraphy works in both Chinese and Vietnamese characters for people to buy and adorn their homes or as gifts, invoking prosperity and happiness for the upcoming Year of the Snake. With some brushes dipped in black ink, they write what they feel about the festive atmosphere and expect from the New Year. Some even have a go at drawing something as requested by tourists on different materials such as red paper, silk, bamboo, wood, stone and ceramics.
Calligraphy works are neatly done and finished with a flourish to be presented as special Tet gifts.
People always ask for words like peace, prosperity, happiness and talent with average rate as VND50,000-100,000 (US$2.65-5.30) depending on the calligraphers’ skill.