Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Lucky flowers for the New Year

Bong Mai

Well here it is, the eve of Tet. I am finishing up the last of cleaning chores after a long day of learning how to record training sessions at work (learned a LOT of new things today about training delivery methods, it's awesome) and then a long meeting at church.

This flower is called Bong Mai in Vietnamese. I don't know the English translation for it but it a symbol of good luck and it's always been difficult to find. I found this plant on our recent trip to Houston and it was full of beautiful blooms. It only has a few left now but at least it survived and seems to be thriving. After the new year, I'll have to ask my mom or sister where it should go next. Potted on a porch or in the ground, shade or sun? My sister is named after this bloom. You may have seen the name Mai here and there; it's not an uncommon Viet. name.

In preparation for tomorrow, here is some advice for those born in the Year of the Rat (from Suzanne White's The New Chinese Astrology):

Enjoy! This is your own personal year and you are going to have a whale of a time being happy, healthy and preposterous as'll be on top of the this year, you should plan the next dozen years carefully.

To find your Chinese zodiac sign, visit this site or read about it on Wikipedia.


alexander said...

Lovely flowers.

Happy Chinese New Year!

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Joy said...

Such a lovely flower! I love the refreshing yellow and green.

Kung Hei Fat Choi, Thien!

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Southern Heart said...

Those are lovely!

Thien, I wanted to stop by and wish you a very Happy New Year!

theysaywordscanbleed said...

these are gorgeous flowers

Pat said...

I really like your photo of this nice flower. So pretty.


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brian said...

Great close up shot! I love the yellow color of it, and don't think I've seen one like it before...

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