Year of the Ox – Saigon style

A must-see during Saigon’s Tet (New Year) celebrations is the centrally located street of Nguyen Hue, decked out to represent a tranquil countryside scene – particularly fun for lovers of kitsch!

Lush gardens and colourful flowers have been planted in abundance. There are bird sounds blaring out of loudspeakers and there’s even a replica bamboo bridge to cross (which everyone jostles to pose on for the all-important Tet family photo!).

The many depictions of 2009’s hardworking Ox showcase alot of creativity and innovation – there are oxen constructed of straw, gold and silver leaf coated metal, welded drums and my favourite – those made entirely of pink, yellow, orange and white flower buds!
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