The two-week Spring Festival celebrating the Lunar New Year (Tet) currently held at the Youth Cultural House in Ho Chi Minh City has attracted thousands of visitors in just a few days.

The event, which began on January 18, features shows performed by both veteran and amateur artists, including cai luong (reformed theatre) and tai tu (traditional southern tunes), as well as photography and traditional calligraphy.

The festival's themes highlight the development of HCM City and the Year of Horse.

It includes a fashion show featuring 40 amateur models and students from local colleges and universities who will perform in traditional ao dai created by young designers every night.

In addition to the shows, well-known handicraft villages and farms in rural districts and from neighbouring provinces are introducing their traditional products at the festival.

Dozens of indigenous flowers, bonsai plants and trees are on display. Designed to feel like a big outside garden, the festival has attracted many children and women.

Visitors are also encouraged to participate in a variety of street shows featuring folk art and games, which begin at 8pm every night.

Organisers said they received help and support from the city's People's Committee and other offices and organisations.-VNA