Quang Nam incense village prepares for Tet rush

Quan Huong villagers in Quang Nam Province have grown exceedingly busy as demand for incense sticks soars prior to Lunar New Year.

Quang Nam, incense sticks, Tet, Vietnam, Lunar New Year holiday

Du Van Nhan, whose family has been making incense sticks in the village for three generations, dries raw materials in front of his home.
Nearly a month before the Lunar New Year holiday, or Tet, which falls on Feb. 12 this year, Quan Huong Village in central Vietnam's Thang Binh District is infused with the fragrance of incense sticks.
During the most important holiday of the year, Vietnamese typically burn incense at pagodas or on ancestral altars at home.

Quang Nam, incense sticks, Tet, Vietnam, Lunar New Year holiday

Materials used to make incense include saw powder, cinnamon, herbal medicine, and agarwood, dried and finely ground. Plastic powder and water are added to the final mix.

Quang Nam, incense sticks, Tet, Vietnam, Lunar New Year holiday

Sticks to make incense are imported from northern provinces for VND26,000 ($1.1) per kilogram.

Quang Nam, incense sticks, Tet, Vietnam, Lunar New Year holiday

Manually-operated machines are used to produce incense.

Quang Nam, incense sticks, Tet, Vietnam, Lunar New Year holiday

Incense is usually dried in the sun for four consecutive hours.
Quan Huong Village produces incense all year round. But Covid-19 and continuous flooding in 2020 affected demand, said Nguyen Tu Ky, with 30 years’ experience. "Tet is the busiest time of the year in the village."

Quang Nam, incense sticks, Tet, Vietnam, Lunar New Year holiday

Incense is dried in local yards.

Quang Nam, incense sticks, Tet, Vietnam, Lunar New Year holiday

Some villagers use iron trusses for drying, each holding thousands of easily collected sticks.

Quang Nam, incense sticks, Tet, Vietnam, Lunar New Year holiday

Dried incense is packed into large bags.

Quang Nam, incense sticks, Tet, Vietnam, Lunar New Year holiday

Prices per bundle range from a cheap VND8,000 to VND30,000 ($1.3), while agarwood costs from VND300,000 per kilogram.

Quang Nam, incense sticks, Tet, Vietnam, Lunar New Year holiday

Every year, Quan Huong Village produces nearly 1,000 tons of incense for domestic consumption and export to Laos.

Làng nghề làm hương ở Quảng Nam tất bật vào vụ Tết

Incense making in Quan Huong Village, Quang Nam Province. Video by VnExpress/Dac Thanh.

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