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Getting ready to ring in Lunar New Year

By Nguyen Trung Au

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HCMC – The bustling festive atmosphere is evident in every corner of the country as the Lunar New Year 2023 (Tet), the most significant festival in Vietnam, fast approaches.

As the weather gets warmer to mark the arrival of the festival, Vietnamese people eagerly tidy up their houses and flock to the market to buy goods for Tet, especially cherry blossoms in the northern region and Ochna integerrima (yellow Mai flowers) in the southern parts.

Other flowers and ornamental plants, namely chrysanthemums, kumquat trees, tagetes and marigolds, are also used to decorate houses in the hope of good luck in the new year.

Additionally, Vietnamese people keep busy preparing traditional dishes for Tet, including chung cakes, tet cakes, pickles and candied fruits.

A new year always comes with an exciting opportunity for a fresh start and new beginnings, so everyone excitedly prepares to welcome it, looking forward to positivity and happiness.

People flock to buy flowers to prepare for the Tet holiday
Marigolds, roses and ornamental trees are displayed and sold along a street
Children pose for a photo under a yellow Mai tree in front of their house
People buy Tet decorations at a bookstore
A woman cuts Chinese onions to make pickles
A man buys an ornamental tree for Tet
A boat carries yellow Mai flower trees for sale ahead of Tet
Another man carries a pot of flowers in a garden
A garden of yellow chrysanthemums
People wrap sticky rice cakes, a traditional dish during Tet

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