Temple of Literature displays photos of Tet during Nguyen Dynasty hinh anh 1A photo from Imperial Archives of the Nguyen Dynasty is shown at the exhibition at Van Mieu Quoc Tu Giam.
Hanoi (VNA) - A photo exhibition featuring Lunar New Year during the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945) is being held at Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam (The Temple of Literature) in Hanoi.

The exhibition Cung Dinh Don Tet (Tet at The Royal Palace) shows about 80 photos and documents about the royal celebration of Lunar New Year.

The items are selected from the Imperial Archives of the Nguyen Dynasty, which were recognised by UNESCO in 2017 as a Memory of the World.

Through the documents and photos, people will get to know about the Lunar New Year during the Nguyen Dynasty and the connection inside and outside the royal palace on this occasion, Dang Thanh Tung, head of National Archives Centre 1, said at the opening ceremony.

The exhibition organisers hope to promote the valuable documents and cultural heritage, he added.

The exhibition includes three topics – Ceremony to prepare for the solemn Lunar New Year; Activities at Lunar New Year’s Eve parties; and Activities at the beginning of a Lunar New Year.

Exhibits on display contribute to introducing Lunar New Year celebrations during the Nguyen Dynasty, which are very different from the contemporary festival.

The exhibition is meaningful to remind people about old customs and ritual ceremonies for the Lunar New Year at the royal palace, according to chief representative of the UNESCO Office in Vietnam Michael Croft.

"Modern society is changing a lot," he said. "Many customs are gradually being forgotten, so Tet is an opportunity for us to look back."

The month-long exhibition is held jointly by National Archives Centre 1 under the State Records Management and Archives Department and the Centre of Science and Culture Activities of Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam.

It runs until February 23./.