The first national lion dragon dance championship was held in the Mekong Delta province of Can Tho on January 21 to herald the upcoming Lunar New Year (Tet) festival, the country’s biggest holiday.

Competitors from Ho Chi Minh City and the southern provinces of Binh Duong, Dong Nai, An Giang, Dong Thap, Hau Giang, and Vinh Long and Can Tho cityperformed in team and individual categories.

The Phuoc Anh Duong troupe from Binh Duong won first prizes for its fabulous effort, while two troupes from the hosts claimed glory in the lion pole-climbing dance category for individuals and teams.

Visitors were also treated to an amazing performance by a Thai lion dance troupe.

Lion dragon dancing is a traditional form of performance – a symbol of luck, prosperity, security and good health during festive events, especially the Lunar New Year.

It has become widespread not only in Vietnam but in many Southeast Asian and East Asian countries.-VNA