17:18 | 23/02/2016 Society
(VEN) - The Nguyen Hue Flower Street Festival is a special event for people in Ho Chi Minh City when the Lunar New Year comes.
A variety of flowers on display
The festival is often held three days before Tet (the Lunar New Year) and lasts for about 10 days. The 2016 event was held over eight days and attracted more than one million local people and tourists.
The event featured a monkey family at one end of the street to mark the zodiac year and the Uncle Ho monument at the other end with the street adorned with 36 Ochna Harmandi flower pots lined up in two rows behind the monument as a symbol of Tet in the south.
Along the street were displays of different flowers including chrysanthemums, orchids and roses following specific themes. In addition, five of more than 50 sculptures made in Ho Chi Minh City’s sculpture site were displayed. All the decorations used for the festival were made of environmentally-friendly materials such as rattan, bamboo and recyclable plastic bottles.
Admirable Aloe Vera
Barbadensis Miller garden
This year’s festival welcomed a new variety of plant, Aloe Vera Barbadensis Miller, which was set up in the form of a garden. The display also included several products sourced from the aloe vera plant.
Aloe Vera Barbadensis Miller is found around the Mediterranean and West Indian coastline. Aloe vera is a stemless or very short-stemmed succulent plant, grows by roots, and has thick, long, fleshy green or grey-green leaves. The margin of the leaf is serrated and has small white teeth.
The extract from aloe vera leaves are well known for healing effects and have been widely used in the production of functional foods and cosmetics. The plant is drought-resistant and easy to grow and nurse.
The aloe vera garden that was one of the highlights at the festival this year was initiated by the Nguyen Hue Flower Street Organizing Committee and provided a new display that visitors and photographers alike enjoyed.