It’s in the middle of February in Hanoi. Spring is all around in the flowers, plants and people. Decoration plants and flowers are sold on Hanoi’s streets and flower markets. Wandering round the streets, getting stuck among beautiful flowers is an interesting experience.

Peach blossom is considered an icon of the Vietnamese New Year (Tet). Almost every family and shop in the north of Vietnam has a tree or small branch in their house. People in the south use mai (apricot flower) instead as peach blossom is only suitable for cold weather.

Here’s some pics from the capital city of Hanoi adorning its streets in the lead-up to the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday and celebrations.

Peach blossom is considered an icon of the Vietnamese New Year
Vietnamese people believe a beautiful flowers can bring prosperity
Decoration plants and flowers are sold on Hanoi’s streets and flower markets
The streets are brimming with busy people as they flock to local shops in Hanoi’s Old Quarter to prepare for the most important traditional festival of the year, the Lunar New Year (Tet)
The streets are awash with the richness of red, the colour of Tet, which represents wealth, happiness, and luck
It is easy to find the items characteristic of Tet, such as red couplets wishing for a happy New Year, decorative firecrackers, and chung (sticky rice) cake, the indispensable Tet treat of Vietnamese people
Everyone is looking for the very best offerings for Tet
Children by a toy shop in the street
Hanoi street is brought to life with colourful decorative trees
Foreigners enjoy the thriving atmosphere of Tet preparations on Hanoi’s streets
Spring is all around in the flowers, plants and people
A small garden of peach blossom trees and flowers have been planted near Hoan Kiem Lake
These pomelo trees are on sale during Tet Holiday
It means “Happy New Year” read this tag on a kumquat tree

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