Lantern festival to light up Can Tho nights hinh anh 1Ninh Kieu harbour in Can Tho city at night. The city will organise a lantern night festival from August 19-21 in Ninh Kieu district. (Photo:
Can Tho (VNA) - The Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta city of Can Tho will hold a night festival with flower garlands and coloured lanterns in Ninh Kieu district from August 19 to 21.

The highlight of the festival will be a contest called “Hoa dang Ninh Kieu hoi tu và toa sang” (Ninh Kieu lanterns shine brightly together) which will be held at the Di Bo (Pedestrian) Bridge in Ninh Kieu Harbour.

Participants can submit their floral lanterns by the morning of August 19, and they will be exhibited on the nearby Khai Luong Canal until August 25.

“The event will demonstrate Ninh Kieu’s hospitality and attractiveness for both domestic and foreign tourists, especially international officials attending APEC 2017,” said Nguyen Thi Hoang Oanh, head of the district’s Culture and Information Bureau.

The event is a collaboration between the district People’s Committee and the city’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

The festival will also feature other activities including displays of fresh vegetables and Ninh Kieu’s traditional dishes; an exhibition called “Ninh Kieu – Can Tho, old and new” featuring calligraphy, paintings, photographs and portraits; don ca tai tu (Southern folk music) performed on a river; a Vietnamese boat race; and other traditional games.-VNA