|Precious: Visitors to Ecopark on the outskirts of Hà Nội this Lunar New Year can enjoy the Spring Flower Festival 2017, the biggest flower festival in northern Việt Nam. — Photo vietnamplus.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Ecopark on the outskirts of Hà Nội is gearing up for Lunar New Year festival, with a festival featuring flower arrangements set to be highlight of the event.
Themed Từ Cổ Tích Đến Tương Lai (From fairy tales to future), the spring festival will be marked with six roads.
The “fairy” road will tell popular Vietnamese fairy tales through pictures, while the “creative” road will display graffiti by young artists.
The “heritage” road will capture three regions, including Khuê Văn Các (Khuê Văn Pavilion) - a unique architectural work and a symbol of present-day Hà Nội in the north; Chùa Thiên Mụ (Pagoda of the Celestial Lady) - a historic temple in the central city of Huế; and Chợ Bến Thành (Bến Thành Market) in Hồ Chí Minh City.
Việt Nam’s traditional religious practice of worshipping mother goddesses, recognised by UNESCO as intangible cultural heritage, will be highlighted on the “heritage” road.
The “love” road will be a romantic space and the “future” road will introduce new houses.
The “childhood” road will host traditional games for children such as bịt mắt bắt gà (catching a chicken while blindfolded), kéo co (tug of war), nhảy dây (jumping rope), ô ăn quan (mandarin square capturing) as well as other circus performances.
Tickets cost between 30,000-100,000 VNĐ (US$1.32 – 4.43) each.
The festival will last from January 29 until February 1. — VNS