NEW YEAR’S FLOWERS IN VIETNAM
Traditional flowers for Tet holiday.
Tet holidays are the days of relaxation, happiness and joy. And similar to pine tree for Christmas holiday in the West, Vietnamese also use many kinds of flowers and plants to decorate their house in this special period. There are 3 kinds of plants that can not be missing in Tet holidays: peach blossom, apricot blossom and kumquat tree.
In the North of Vietnam, the little pink peach flower and the ripe kumquats are the signals of spring and it makes the peach blossom and kumquat trees to become a popular and traditional decoration on New Year holiday of Vietnamese people. On the other hand, for people in the South, the yellow apricot blossom flowers are always celebrated for the Tet occasion. It’s because while kumquat trees and peach flowers grow well in cold weather, apricot blossom just could survive in tropical lands with lots of sunshine.
Peach Blossom Flowers is one of the most famous flowers in Vietnam and it is used as a decoration for Tet holidays.
People in 2 different parts of Vietnam have various explanations for this tradition. Northern people say that peach flowers blossom in spring - symbolizing the strong vitality and a brave heart. In addition, the pink colour of peach flowers shows the love and joy spread among people in this unique time of the year.
Kumquat tree bears different story. A tree with all 5 characteristics: full of fruits, flowers, leaves, branches and roots. This represents the wish that wealth will come to you now and in the future. The leaves must be thick and dark green with some light green sprouts. The fruits represent the grandparents, the flowers represent parents, the buds represent children and the light green leaves represent grandchildren. The tree thus symbolizes many generations.
Apricot blossom is considered to represent wealth, success and longevity. This concept has the root from the color yellow of the tree. In Vienam, yellow is related to the king; yellow of metal plays a central part in the five elements of Nature; and yellow somehow also represents Viet people. That is why people think that apricot blossom is a precious tree, and use this as a lucky tree on Tet. No surprise all families in Southern Vietnam have one on their house during Tet.