On the way to the sea, Cuu Long River divides itself into nine branches; one is Co Chien branch flowing through Vinh Long province. It is the gift that nature rewards Long Ho land which have long cultural traditional. Near the river branch, every spring, there is a flower market which is one of the most beautiful flower markets in Cuu Long River Delta – Tien River flower market.
From about the middle of lunar December on, boats and canoes bustlingly reach the coast of Tien River. Flower growers from everywhere inside and outside the province gather here to sell their products. There are Vinh Long yellow apricot flower; Sa Dec daisy, rose; Cai Mon marigold, Can tho old ornamental plants …, hundreds of types of flowers competitively display their beauties.
The boats closely stand and contain a plenty of flowers, forming a floating market on the river. Flowers spread along the road from Vinh Long market to Cai Ca Bridge, Trung Nu Vuong, Hung Dao Vuong streets, Le Lai square…until the cultural centre of the province, creating a large field of brilliant colorful flowers.
Tien River flower market is not simply a trading place but a traditional activity. Without appointments, there is a chance for local people to meet together every year. Many from Tra Vinh evenly join the market just to buy a rose for their lovers. Some people from Can Tho or Ben Tre come to find an ideal branch of apricot tree for decorating inside their houses that likes a New Year wish. Many groups of old women and men, living in Vinh Long centre commune, visit the flower market every day to see, to choose that likes a reason for going to the market. It also can be considered an elegant interest.
In the cold weather of the days near Tet, wind from Tien River blows immensely, both people and flowers are bright. In this sacred moment, sky and land, people and flowers seem to mix together, creating a featured traditional beauty of Cuu Long River region.