This Tet holiday, my husband and I attended the biggest Spring Flower Market in Tay Ninh. There were many people going to this flower market to see and buy beautiful flowers to decorate their houses on Tet.
Spring Flower Market – Tay Ninh city 2014
The Spring Flower Market started from 25/12 (Lunar Calendar) to 30/12 (Lunar Calendar). Many kinds of flowers that are displayed at home on Tet were bought in this flower market.
In the South of Vietnam, a specific flower that can be found on Tet is the yellow apricot blossom. You can easily find a yellow apricot blossom in any family that you visit. People in the South of Vietnam believe that this flower will bring luck and money in the new year. That is the reason why it is not difficult to find a pot of yellow apricot blossom in the flower market. The price of a pot fluctuated from 100.000 VND – 1.000.000 VND or more, depending on the size of the tree.
Small pots of yellow apricot blossom
If you do not pay much money to buy yellow apricot blossom, you can rent a pot.
Yellow apricot blossom for rent
Beside yellow apricot blossoms, kumquat trees are also chosen to decorate houses on Tet because they are symbol of luck and blessing.
These kumquat trees are cut or pruned beautifully. It will cost from 500.000 VND – 2.000.000 VND to buy a pot of kumquat.
In this Spring Flower Market, you can find many other kinds of beautiful flowers such as: marigolds, daisies, orchids,…that are in full bloom.
Daisies in bloom
Many people went to this market to enjoy the flowers on display and to buy the flowers that they loved most.
This baby was taken to the flower market by her father and her mom.
Children were very happy when they could have a picture taken with flowers:
Beside popular flowers sold in the market, there were also some unique flowers:
Pineapple with crest
Below are artificial orchids which are made of clay:
Coming to flower market, you can see many other things beside flowers:
This man was making To He – a folk toy for Vietnamese children, To He is made from flour and can be eaten.
This girl was selling distich (a unit of two verse lines, usually a couplet) which can be hung on the wall to wish for luck
Spring Flower Market is a traditional custom of each region in Vietnam. In each province there will be a Spring Flower Market which can bring the atmosphere of the Spring and connect people.