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Expat-packed neighborhood in Ho Chi Minh City organizes spring flower festival

Saturday, February 02, 2019, 16:42 GMT+7
Expat-packed neighborhood in Ho Chi Minh City organizes spring flower festival
A flowery corner of the spring flower festival in Phu My Hung, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

A Ho Chi Minh City neighborhood where a vibrant expat community lives has opened a spring flower festival this week to welcome the Lunar New Year (Tet) celebration, which is due in a matter of days.

The “Flower and Life” fest kicked off on January 28 and will wrap on February 4 in Phu My Hung New Urban Area in District 7.

The festival showcases the settings of a Vietnamese rural area, with the addition of golden pigs, the eastern zodiac of the year 2019 in the lunar calendar.

The festival comprises four distinct, but closely related contexts, spanning 7ha in scale.

The spring dock portrays the traditional view of a floating flower market in Vietnam.

The spring garden, on the other hand, illustrates a series of peace villages richly embellished with vegetables.

Meanwhile, the spring corner displays flower products from many artists hailing from the Mekong Delta in southern Vietnam.

The spring street is dotted with golden pig statues, with some grazing away at the rice fields, while others greet sightseers.

Needless to say, apricot and peach blossoms, the hallmarks of the Lunar New Year celebration, constitute a major part of the festival.

“The esthetic beauty is just so sublime. My daughters cherish everything, from the mini-scenes of old, to the rice paddies, and the golden pigs! They could never have enjoyed the Tet holiday this much in Australia,” Hoa Binh, an overseas Vietnamese, said.

But the cultural aspects shine even brighter at night, when Vietnamese folk music performances are held.

Sightseers hence have the chance to witness the north’s quan ho, the central’s nha nhac, and the south’s don ca tai tu all in one go.

But what sets the festival this year apart from the previous versions is the addition of storytelling sessions, which signify the bond and warmth of Vietnamese.

The new lunar year begins on February 5 but Vietnamese have been preparing for this public holiday for the past two weeks.

Phu My Hung is a model residential area where many expats choose to live thanks to its diverse amenities and a fresh atmosphere.

A herd of golden pigs surrounded by ancient gold ingots. Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre
A herd of golden pigs surrounded by ancient gold ingots. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre
A mini-scene at the spring flower festival. Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre
A mini-scene at the spring flower festival. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre
A mini-scene at spring flower festival. Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre
A mini-scene at spring flower festival. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre
Foreigners are always intrigued by Vietnamese spring flower festivals. Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre
Foreigners are always intrigued by Vietnamese spring flower festivals. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre
Vietnamese women often wear ao dai, the nation’s traditional clothing, to festivals like this. Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre
Vietnamese women often wear ao dai, the nation’s traditional clothing, to festivals like this. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre
A mini-scene at the spring flower festival. Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre
A mini-scene at the spring flower festival. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre
A sightseer poses for a picture near a pig statue. Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre
A sightseer poses for a picture near a pig statue. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre
A decorated Lambretta Lambro. Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre
A decorated Lambretta Lambro. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

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