The Spring Calligraphy Festival begins on the 3rd of February, which is the 24th day of the last month in the Lunar calendar, and will continue until the 18th of February, which is the 9th day of the first month of the Lunar calendar.

This year’s festival features the participation of 40 calligraphers who are all members of calligraphy clubs in the capital city.

A foreign couple eagerly commissions calligraphy works and prays for good luck.

The act of receiving calligraphic letters at the Temple of Literature is rooted in the tradition of scholarship that traces back to ancient times. Prior to important exams, students often visit the temple to request words such as “Đăng Khoa” (registration) and “Đỗ Đạt” (pass).

A family requests the word “An,” which signifies peace.

The calligraphers don traditional Ao Dai attire and sit in bamboo tents, following age-old customs and traditions.

Using red or yellow Do (poonah) paper, the calligraphers meticulously write words believed to bring good health, luck, and prosperity for those in attendance, symbolizing people’s wishes for the Lunar New Year.

The calligraphic works are then used to adorn people’s homes during the festive celebrations.

Visiting the Temple of Literature, especially during the Spring Calligraphy Festival, has become a tradition for both locals and tourists, as they seek meaningful words written in calligraphy to welcome the Lunar New Year.