Truong Lam, a part-time worker living in District 9, waters a field of crested chicken flowers.

Vietnamese people have a long tradition of keeping pots of red crested chicken flowers, one of the symbols of luck and prosperity, in front of their homes.  

“Three months before Tet, garden owners start hiring part-time workers to take care of their plants. Everyday, I’m in charge of watering, fertilizing and pruning leaves,” she said.