Astonishing “hoa dao” (Cherry blossoms,) one of Vietnam’s commonest floral adornments during Tet (Lunar New Year,) have bewitched natives and tourists alike in Hanoi’s Old Quarter and Ho Chi Minh City’s downtown park. With Tet- the country’s largest traditional holiday- being only two days away, people have flocked to numerous flower markets in Hanoi and HCMC to buy gorgeous flowers to display around their homes or merely indulge in the festive atmosphere and relish the incredible flowering sights. Cherry blossoms have long been one of the most alluring Tet flowers. Over a century ago, Hang Luoc Street, part of the Vietnamese capital’s Old Quarter in Hoan Kiem District, has been frequented by sightseers and flower buyers as Tet comes. Two foreigners delighted at the cherry blossoms displayed at Hanoi’s Hang Luoc Tet flower market. Photo: Vietnam News Agency. According to archival documents, Hang Luoc was where comb craftsmen gathered back in the 15th and 16th centuries. In 1912, the street gained its fame throughout Thang Long (the capital’s former name) as a flower market, with its flower bonanza coming from flower villages across the city and other northern provinces. Except for 1947, when Hanoi was torn by war, not a… Read full this story
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