Vietnam’s ‘ao dai’ to be celebrated in Ho Chi Minh City during March

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The third edition of the festival designed to honor the ‘ao dai,’ the traditional long gown of Vietnam, is set to run in Ho Chi Minh City during March and include a variety of activities, Tuoi Tre News reported.

The 2016 ‘ao dai’ festival is scheduled to be held from March 5 to 19 with multiple activities taking place in locations throughout the southern city.

The opening ceremony is slated to take place at 6:30 pm on March 3 at the Youth Culture House in District 1, followed by an artistic performance under the theme ‘Ao Dai – the Eternal Beauty.’

A series of photo galleries entitled ‘Ao Dai through the Ages’ will be exhibited at the Vietnam National Museum of Fine Arts, Ao Dai Museum, War Remnants Museum, and Chi Lang Park on Dong Khoi Street, from March 5 to 31.

A fair will also be held at the Youth Culture House between March 18 and 20, during which participants can sell and exchange their ‘ao dai,’ along with other accessories including handbags, clogs, hats, and others.

In addition to several other activities running from March 5 to the end of the month, Ho Chi Minh City authorities will organize several journeys called ‘The City of Ao Dai – The City I Love’ starting at the Youth Culture House and incorporating other significant cultural and historic sites of the city, during which time Vietnamese students wearing ‘ao dai’ will travel on bicycles to promote environmental protection.