With Tết comes many decorations, each symbolizing luck, prosperity or something similar. One major component of Tết decorations are the trees and flowers.
Sometimes referred to as Tết trees, kumquat trees are used to decorate homes and offices to brighten things up! The fruits represent prosperity which the family hopes will come in the new year. The more fruit on the tree the better!
Peach blossoms have quickly become my favourite Tết decoration. The vibrant pink of the papery petals adds so much colour to the city! Like kumquat trees, they are said to bring luck to the family.
Both trees play a similar role to a Christmas tree, and greeting cards and good luck symbols such as this one are often hung from them.
This peach blossom tree is the first thing I see every morning when I walk into work at the Vietnam Women’s Union.
So hooray for Tết trees and flowers brightening up the city and bringing warm weather with them!