The festival is to introduce and promote the image of Dien Bien and orchid tree, the characteristic tree of Vietnam's northwest region. (VNA)

Dien Bien (VNA) — The Fifth Hoa Ban (Orchid Tree) Festival will be held from March 11 to 14 next year in the northwest province of Dien Bien.

The opening ceremony with an art performance and a 15-minute fireworks performance is expected to be held on the evening of March 12.

The festival will also feature an exhibition of traditional culture of Dien Bien’s ethnic groups, folk singing and dancing festival, traditional folk culture demonstration, book and photo exhibition and a sports performance. 

Miss Orchid Tree will also be held with the participation of eight northwest provinces – Dien Bien, Lai Chau, Son La and Hoa Binh, as well as Yen Bai, Lao Cai, Phu Tho and Ha Giang, with a costume performance and talent contest. 

Orchid Tree Festival is an annual cultural event of Dien Bien province, which began in 2014 on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Dien Bien Phu’s victory. The festival is to preserve and promote the cultural values of Dien Bien’s ethnic groups and introduce and promote the image of Dien Bien province and orchid tree, the characteristic tree of the northwest region of Vietnam. 

March 13, 1954, was the opening day of the Dien Bien Phu Battle and the date was selected as the opening day of the annual orchid tree festival of Dien Bien. However, next year, March 13 is a Monday; therefore the organising team plans to open the event one day earlier to make it more convenient for visitors.-VNA