Lunar New Year, locally called Tet Nguyen Dan or Tet, is one of the most important holidays in Vietnamese culture. In most of the country, Tet celebration lasts for at least three days and more. The holiday is so important that plenty of traditional festivities follow the particular day, turning it into a season of relaxation, thankfulness and happiness. Some of the Tet traditions include special decorations.
Similar to the Western culture's pine tree for Christmas, Vietnam regards ochna integerrima, marumi kumquat and peach tree as traditional decorations of the winter holiday season. Although these three plants are most popular among all the Vietnamese, the specific region of the country dictates mostly which plant exactly is to be put in front of homes. Both depending on the climate and a unique legend, the South and North of Vietnam prefer different plants.
For South region, it is more common to decorate the homes with ochna integerrima, which is a tree that can have simultaneously ripe and unripe fruit, flowers and green leaves, symbolizing the wealth and flourishing for the country.
In the North, however, mainly peach tree branches and marumi kumquat are used, which symbolize courage, strength, health and vitality, as these plants are among the first ones to bloom.