Plum blossoms add lyrical touch to Tet in Nghe An

By Sach Nguyen, Nguyen Dao   February 11, 2021 | 01:21 pm GMT+7
Muong Long Commune in central Nghe An Province is welcoming Tet blanketed in plum blossoms.
Plum blossoms add lyrical touch to Tet in Nghe An

Plum blossom is a common subject used in traditional paintings and poetry across Vietnam because of its beauty. Plum blossoms usually bloom around late winter and early spring, in January and February. It is regarded as a seasonal symbol in Vietnam. This flower can be found in forests, besides streams and along mountain slopes.

Plum blossoms are blooming by the homes of ethnic H'mong in Muong Long Commune of Ky Son District. Muong Long has an altitude of 1,500 meters above sea level and is considered the “sky gate” of Nghe An. In winter, the temperature here is much lower than in urban areas.

Tet, or Lunar New Year, Vietnam's biggest holiday, peaks on Friday this week.

Plum blossoms add lyrical touch to Tet in Nghe An

A corner of a household's garden in Muong Long in the early days of February. Plum trees bearing white blossoms appear as if coated in snow.

Plum blossoms add lyrical touch to Tet in Nghe An

A popular destination during this time, visitors can rent ethnic minority costumes in which to traverse the pristine mountainous landscape.

Plum blossoms add lyrical touch to Tet in Nghe An

A young girl poses by the white plum blossoms.

Plum blossoms add lyrical touch to Tet in Nghe An

Plum blossoms often bloom in many layers and last through the Lunar New Year holiday. When these flowers fall, the trees will bear the fruit.

Plum blossoms add lyrical touch to Tet in Nghe An

A vegetable garden cultivated by villagers right beneath the plum trees adds beauty to the nature landscape.

Plum blossoms add lyrical touch to Tet in Nghe An

The plum trees here have grown for decades.

Plum blossoms add lyrical touch to Tet in Nghe An

Ethnic H'mong perform a traditional dance.

Plum blossoms add lyrical touch to Tet in Nghe An

At the entrance to the commune, travelers can purchase many traditional H'mong souvenirs.

Photos by Sach Nguyen, Nguyen Dao, Thu Huong

 
 
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