Major cities and top tourist destinations across Vietnam are bustling with a festive ambience as streets are decorated with colorful flowers to welcome the Year of Cat, which begins Sunday.
In Ho Chi Minh City, people are flocking to Tao Dan Park in District 1, where a spring flower festival, the largest of its kind in the city, opened on Monday.
The flower festival will last until January 27, the sixth day of the first lunar month.
Vietnamese people will begin their seven-day Tet break from Friday.
Photo by Quynh Tran
People browse for peach blossom branchess at a Tet market in front of My Dinh Stadium in Nam Tu Liem District, Hanoi.
Peach blossoms are a symbol of Tet among Hanoians.
The Vietnamese people have a long tradition of offering fresh flowers to gods and their ancestors during the holiday to pray for luck and peace.
Photo by Tung Dinh
Women pose for photos next to yellow mai decorations on Bach Dang Street in Da Nang.
This year, city authorities spent VND14.5 billion ($618,706) to decorate flower streets and install lighting systems for Tet.
Photo by Nguyen Dong
In the northern port city of Hai Phong, people flock to the central square in front of the Opera House to take photos of the colorful flowers that are on display.
The area is always busy with tourists during the Tet holiday.
Photo by Le Tan
A 240-meter-long flower street along the Hau River in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho opened to tourists from Wednesday and will close on January 26, the fifth day of the lunar new year.
Photo by Huy Phong
Yellow mai trees are planted along a street in the southern beach town Vung Tau.
Yellow mai in the southern region are a symbol of good luck and prosperity.
Photo by Truong Ha
Tet decorations in Hue at Ly Tu Trong Park next to the Perfume River in Hue in central Vietnam.
Photo by Vo Thanh
Pots of chrysanthemum morifolium are put in front of Ho Chi Minh Square in the central province of Quang Binh, home to UNESCO heritage site Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park and the world’s largest cave Son Doong.
Photo by Hoang Tao
Decorations at Pham Van Dong Square in the central province of Quang Ngai, which also hosts the province's largest Tet flower market this year.
Photo by Pham Linh