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BRIEF: Lotus receives designation as national flower in Vietnam referendum
[February 01, 2011]

BRIEF: Lotus receives designation as national flower in Vietnam referendum

HA NOI, Feb 01, 2011 (Vietnam News - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- The lotus has been named as Viet Nam's national flower, after receiving 80 per cent of votes during a referendum at the Spring Flowers and Drinks Festival, held at the Culture and Art Centre, Ha Noi, last weekend.

Last April, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism established the criteria for the national flower: it must have originated in Viet Nam or have been planted for a long time in the country and must be found in many localities.

The ministry also asked that the flower be one featured widely in arts and favoured by many people.

During an online poll, conducted since 2006, 60 per cent of voters favoured the lotus, followed by the ochna blossom and peach blossom, the ministry said.

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