Peach Blossoms in Vietnamese New Year

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Many villages in the suburbs of Hanoi specialize in growing peach trees. When New Year is coming, each household in the capital city makes a point of procuring at least a small branch of peach flowers to decorate their house. Petals are single or double according to the variety, and their colors range from a delicate pink to carmine red. Connoisseurs like double petals and tender rosy tones, but popular preference goes to more vivid tints.

Peach blossoms owe their popularity to reasons that very according to individual age and taste. Most people like them because of the beauty of their slender petal, but some see a symbol of prosperity and good fortune in the vividness of their colors. The older generation believes in the power of peach blossoms to repel evil.