Lotus, the symbol of purity and enlightenment, will be the highlight of Ho Chi Minh City’s annual spring flower festival at Tao Dan Park 2009 Tet, according to the organization board.
The lotuses and nenuphars are decorated to rise up into the sky and depict the development of the city and the country in various fields including economy, culture and society.
The festival will use flowers brought from neighboring provinces by the Ho Chi Minh Public Parks and Greenery Company. In addition to Vietnamese lotuses, there will is also have flowers from Thailand.
More than 5,000 items, ornamental plants, bonsai, rock-gardens, dried trees, grafted stones, cacti, ornamental fish and various valuable and rare flowers from throughout the country, are to be displayed.
The festival will also include exhibitions of Vietnamese calligraphy, variety music shows, folk games, and performances of southern folk music, dragon dances and human chess.
There is also a Japanese garden designed by an overseas Vietnamese living in Japan. The garden contains several elements such as mountain, rock, water, plantings and hillside field landscapes. Japanese gardens were developed under the influence of the distinctive and stylized Chinese gardens during the Asuka period (538-710).Today Japanese gardens are not only seen in Japan, but other countries around the world.
The organizers hope that the festival, with the attendance of artisans from Chinese Taipei, will attract a great number of local and international visitors during the Tet holiday.