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Hue comes alive with colourful flowers and crowds

Update: February, 19/2015 - 14:52
THUA THIEN – HUE (VNS) — Flowers are indispensable for celebrating Tet (Lunar New Year) in Viet Nam as the festival marks the coming of spring.

Traditionally, Vietnamese people decorate their homes with flowers to make them look fresh and new for the New Year. Ahead of Tet, markets supplying flowers and ornamental plants are set up in almost every locality in the country to meet the increasing demand. Uniquely, the flower markets can tell stories of Tet traditions themselves.

Viet Nam News reporter Phuoc Buu tells some stories through his lens, capturing various market scenes in Hue, the country's former royal capital.

As part of tradition, a large flower market has opened in front of the former Imperial Citadel. The beautiful flowers brighten up the old walls of the citadel.
The yellow ochna blossoms are the flowers that every Hue resident wants to take home for Tet.
The kumquat tree is possibly the ornamental plant that is the second choice of the people traditionally.
Imported flowers from Taiwan have become a familiar sight for locals in recent years.
Young people today try to convince the older generation to broaden its choices and get new flower varieties.
Tet is an occasion to remember ancestors as well. In addition to cut flowers, the local people present grapefruit flowers to decorate home altars.

Tet allows children to have a lot of fun. Visiting flower markets is a special occasion for family reunions.
Young girls wearing ao dai dresses pose with flowers.
There are also days of hard work for some during Tet. A vendor arranges his flowers to attract customers.

Pedicab drivers are possibly the busiest people, offering home-delivery services.

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