HCM City celebrates Lantern Festival with parade, cultural shows

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Around 800 performers in colourful traditional costumes will parade across main streets of the Chợ Lớn area in District 5 to celebrate the Nguyên Tiêu (Lantern Festival). — VNA/VNS Photo Mạnh Linh

HCM CITY — HCM City is organising several programmes including a parade to celebrate Tết Nguyên Tiêu (Lantern Festival), which falls on the 15th of the first lunar month.

The parade with around 800 performers in colourful traditional costumes, taking place this afternoon, is a highlight of the festivities.

The parade will travers the main streets of Chợ Lớn including Hải Thượng Lãn Ông, Châu Văn Liêm, Lão Tử, Lương Nhữ Học, Nguyễn Trãi, Trần Xuân Hòa and the District 5 Cultural Centre.

Dragon and lion dances, stilt walking and several traditional dances will also be part of the programme.

The main celebration of the festival will be held at the cultural centre from 7pm-9.30pm, featuring traditional dances and games, along with calligraphy demonstrations by several artisans.

Meanwhile, a poetry reading event to celebrate the Việt Nam Poetry Day will be held at the Văn Lang Park from 7.30pm-9.30pm.

The festival also includes a cuisine week on Trần Hưng Đạo Street, and exhibitions showcasing calligraphy, ink-wash and other paintings as also a photography exhibition at the cultural centre, which will remain open until February 20.

The Nguyên Tiêu Festival is celebrated by Hoa ethic group in Chợ Lớn (Big Market) in District 5 today to welcome the first full moon night and pray for wealth and happiness in the Lunar New Year.

The festival was recognised as a national intangible cultural heritage in January 2020.

Last year, the city had cancelled the festival celebrations in February over the COVID-19 outbreak. — VNS

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