Flowers and Florists, cultural feature of Hanoi

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Every early morning when the last night mist still cling to the city, sweet smell from many flowers carried by bicycles has spread over all streets. These so-called florist's shops are, for the locals, is the simple and familiar cultural feature of Hanoi capital. This charming feature has deeply lived in everybody's mind for a very long time.

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Hanoi at night is so quiet and peaceful, but it is also time for florists to prepare for their next day earning money. Flowers have really become a spiritual demand and everyday habit of Hanoians. And florist's shop name is then everyday noted in the people's shopping list.

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You can find flowers with different species, scents and colors on almost every streets or areas in Hanoi such as Tay Tuu (Tây Tựu) in suburb, Quang Ba (Quảng Bá), or Ngoc Ha (Ngọc Hà), etc. Unlike Ho Chi Minh City where you easily see fruits sold everywhere, Hanoi has flowers as its special image. Every morning from 5 o'clock to 8 o'clock, fresh and colorful flowers are carefully wrapped in paper and carried on many bicycles which slowly passed by streets. You sometimes may want to follow these bicycles to feel the very simple and delicate beauty of flowers..


Like fruits, flowers have their own seasons. Rose, chrysanthemum, gladiolus, lily, lotus, sunflower, etc. appear in their particular seasons. Especially, roses with different types and colors appear in all seasons. People like buying flowers from the florists because their flowers are always fresh and cheaper than any other shop. Flower buyers also like the warm, friendliness, and trustfulness of florists. Sometimes, when people get home from work at noon break, they still want to pull over and willing to buy even the last bunches as a sympathetic social behavior to the gentle and hard-working florists.

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Time goes by, but those florist's shops still live as its real and simple life in Hanoi city. In addition, its life is also human life of those who everyday beautifully color the city and make it livelier. Therefore, the flowers still remain their values as they used to be despite the bustling and modern social development in Hanoi.

Collected by Hai Luu
Translated by Cao Duong

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