Nguyen Hue Flower Street, Tet Holiday, Ho Chi Minh City

The Tet Flower Festival in Ho Chi Minh City

by Larissa

Nguyen Hue Flower Street-Year of the DragonTet, the Lunar New Year in Vietnam, is the most important holiday of the year. For me it is also the prettiest. There are displays of blossoms throughout the city, along with fireworks displays on New Year’s Eve. In Ho Chi Minh City the crowning glory of events is the Tet Flower Festival right in the center of town.

Tet Flower Festival-Ho Chi Minh City

Every year during Tet, Nguyen Hue, the main street in the central business district is transformed for one week into Nguyen Hue Flower Street. During this time traffic is banned on the wide boulevard and the central islands are decorated with magnificent floral displays. Throughout the week Vietnamese of all ages stroll through the impromptu park snapping photos and having fun.

Nguyen Hue Flower Street-Ho Chi Minh City


“Eternal Spring” was the theme of the festival for 2012, also the Year of the Dragon. All along Nguyen Hue the eponymous dragon was displayed, in both floral and paper mache versions.Nguyen Hue Flower Street-Ho Chi Minh City-Dragon


At the head of Nguyen Flower Street the statue of a benevolent “Uncle Ho” floating among lotus blossoms presides over the festival.Nguyen Hue Flower Street- Uncle Ho


Family photos are a popular souvenir with the beautiful floral displays as a background. Here one of the official event photographers organizes a family for their portrait by the dragons.Nguyen Hue Flower Street-Ho Chi Minh City-Family


Hotels enter a competition for best flower arrangement, interpreting the theme of “Eternal Spring”. This entry from the New World Saigon Hotel features anthuriums, pussy willow, orchids, roses, lilies and an unusual accent of winter cabbage.Nguyen Hue Flower Street-Ho Chi Minh City- Hotel Arrangement


Notice how the dad in this family is wearing a “Florida” shirt while his family mugs for the camera. . .Nguyen Hue Flower Street, Ho Chi Minh City-family with Florida shirt


Of course, a big event like this brings out all the celebrities, including this uber-chic little miss in her sassy pink dress!Nguyen Hue Flower Street-Ho Chi Minh City-Sassy little girl


For 2013 the Nguyen Hue Flower Street Festival will run from February 11-16, celebrating the Year of the Snake.  Anyone who will be in Vietnam on those dates should plan to visit Ho Chi Minh City to see this beautiful exhibit. And as the Vietnamese say:

Chúc mừng năm mới! (Happy New Year)

Nguyen Hue Flower Street-Ho Chi Minh City-pretty little girls

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Bethaney February 4, 2013 at 5:07 pm

I’ve been to Vietnam a couple of times but never for Tet…. it looks wonderful! So many bright yellow flowers.!

gabi February 5, 2013 at 8:37 am

wow. we’ll be there day after tomorrow for half a day. if we’re not dead from the night bus, i think you’ve helped plan our day. by the way, i adore the little girl in the fuchsia matching dress and glasses. adorable.

Larissa February 5, 2013 at 9:56 am

It’s really beautiful, and also fun to see people of all ages out enjoying it.

Larissa February 5, 2013 at 9:59 am

Definitely go if you can, it’s really pretty. Since it runs along the main street and is totally open and free, you can go for as long or short as you wish. Have a great time in HCMC!

Micki February 6, 2013 at 8:17 pm

Oh, that looks lovely! Just one more reason to visit Vietnam. 😉

Larissa February 6, 2013 at 11:44 pm

Yep, it’s definitely worth seeing 🙂

Cat of Sunshine and Siestas February 7, 2013 at 4:52 am

I’ve seen both fire and ice festivals, but never flowers! Beautiful!

Aleah | February 9, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Wow, I can’t believe it’s that colorful there during Tet. My VN friends have always invited me to go but I never found the time. Too bad, I miss Saigon!

D.J. - The World of Deej February 10, 2013 at 9:00 am

Beautiful shots…I had never heard of this festival…

Leny February 21, 2013 at 7:50 am

I have been in Ho Chi Minh on 7-9 Peb, I was enjoying te festival. The flower looks very nice. I stay untill night just to see how everything looks. It was wonderfull 🙂

Helen February 28, 2013 at 4:59 pm

How colourful, what a wonderful time of year to visit Ho Chi Minh, thanks for sharing.

Larissa February 28, 2013 at 10:36 pm

Yes, it’s very pretty.

Larissa February 28, 2013 at 10:37 pm

For anyone thinking of visiting Ho Chi Minh City this time of year, it’s definitely worth it to time your stay so you can see this wonderful exhibit.

Thanks for checking in, Helen.

Larissa February 28, 2013 at 10:39 pm

Yes, it’s a giant outdoor Flower Show!

Quang March 7, 2013 at 11:13 am

Great shots!
There’s gonna be a nicer Tet Flower Festival on next Tet, the Year of Horse if you plan to go back.
There will be some more Flower Streets like this (Nguyen Hue) at the other places, 40km away from Saigon.

Welcome back to Vietnam!


Michael March 7, 2013 at 11:21 am

Thanks Quang. Vietnam was one of our favorite countries to visit so we would love to go back some day.

Michele Chin August 27, 2013 at 12:00 am

Hi! I will going next year during Tet holiday in Ho Chi Minh City,before that I don’t is Tet holiday, I will like to experience 1st time holiday there,but another problem is most of the shop will be closed few days during Tet holiday right? So is’t troublesome to find any food during Tet Holidays? Thank you

Michael August 27, 2013 at 9:14 am

Hi Michele,
Many shops were closed but some were open to buy food.

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