Tet in Hell Village
Tet, or Vietnamese New Year, is the most important festival in Vietnam. It is a time to celebrate the arrival of spring, the renewal of life, and the reunion of family and friends. Tet is also a time to honor the ancestors, who are believed to visit their descendants during this period.
However, not everyone can enjoy the festive atmosphere of Tet. In a remote village in the Mekong Delta, known as Hell Village, the residents have to endure a harsh and miserable life. The village is surrounded by polluted water, infested with mosquitoes and snakes, and plagued by diseases and poverty. The villagers have no access to electricity, clean water, or health care. They have to work hard in the fields, fishing, or collecting trash to make a living.
Despite the difficulties, the villagers still try to celebrate Tet in their own way. They save up money to buy some rice cakes, fruits, and candies. They decorate their houses with paper lanterns, flowers, and lucky red envelopes. They pray to their ancestors and gods for a better year ahead. They also share their food and gifts with their neighbors, and enjoy some traditional games and songs.
The villagers have a strong spirit and a hopeful attitude. They believe that one day, their situation will improve, and they will be able to escape from Hell Village. They hope that their children will have a brighter future, with more opportunities and choices. They hope that Tet will bring them luck, happiness, and peace.