A few days before the Lunar New Year (Tet), the streets in Ha Noi have become much more animated as local inhabitants are busy preparing for the celebrations of the important festival. The Ha Noi’s calligraphy event is officially opened for Tet yesterday inside the Van Mieu–Quoc Tu Giam (the Temple of Literature). — VNS Photo Truong Vi The sunshine came back to the city after several cold, rainy days, warming and cleaning the streets. The clement weather cheered up locals, who are now rushing to markets and shops to buy ingredients to cook traditional dishes, and ornamental trees to decorate houses. Many students go home as Tet vacation arrives. Vendors from different regions come to Ha Noi to sell ornamental trees and other goods. The stream of people moving around the city’s streets during these days has caused traffic jams on the main streets of the capital, even during non-rush hours. Despite the global economic downturn, families have been preparing excitedly for Tet holiday, which lasts from February 7 to 14 this year. Many families have been too busy to make banh chung (square cake) or other traditional dishes that take a lot of time. Many now prefer to buy ready-made dishes. But others still prefer cooking traditional dishes with their families. Instead of spending so much time finding places where she can buy good banh chung like last year, Tran Ngoc Xuan from Ha Dong ward of Ha Noi and her neighbours decided to make the cake together….