Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Flower festivals bloom for Tet in Ho Chi Minh City and Da Lat

Nguyen Hue Flower Street
in Ho Chi Minh City
The annual Nguyen Hue Flower Street Festival opened in Ho Chi Minh City on January 25 under the theme ‘The City Named after President Ho Chi Minh – Aspiration for a Bright Future’.

The opening ceremony was attended by National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh, Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Dinh La Thang and Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh, among others.

The 720m long flower street, running from the statue of President Ho Chi Minh in front of the City Hall to Ton Duc Thang Street, has been decorated according to three major topics featuring the spring, the city’s achievements, and the people’s future aspirations.

Flower-made replicas of the city’s iconic constructions such as Nha Rong Wharf, City Hall, Ben Thanh Market, and Phu My Bridge, have also been installed for the event.

The highlight of this year’s festival is a space dedicated to the Chicken, the zodiac sign of 2017. Accordingly, a pair of hens and roosters and their brood of 15 chicks made of iron were installed at the entrance measuring from 0.6 metre to 3.5 metres tall.

The week-long flower street festival is held to provide an entertainment venue for the city’s dwellers and tourists during Tet (the Lunar New Year festival).

On the same day, the Spring Flower Festival kicked off in Da Lat City, the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong.

The event, which will run until February 8, is displaying some 38,000 flowerpots and ornamental trees, and an orchid space with hundreds of kinds of orchids.

Visitors to the festival can also enjoy gong performances and have their own personalized calligraphy paintings made.

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