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HCM City (VNA) – More than 100,000 people joined various activities during the fifth Ho Chi Minh City Ao Dai (long dress) Festival from March 3-25, the event’s organising board announced at the event’s closing ceremony on March 26.

Speaking at the ceremony, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Tran Vinh Tuyen emphasised the success of the event, saying it helped popularise the Vietnamese Ao dai to locals and international friends.

Highlights of the event included a talk on the charm of the traditional Ao Dai with 23 leading designers nationwide and a mass performance of Ao Dai joined by more than 3,000 people, he said.

The festival also featured a exhibitions, talk shows and Ao Dai designing contests in many locations across the city, he added.

Attended by 11 image ambassadors in many fields, the festival contributed to honouring and popularising the traditional culture of the Ao Dai.

Hosted by the municipal Department of Tourism and the Women's Union of Ho Chi Minh City in collaboration with relevant departments and localities, the event helped raise public understanding of the traditional dress, and attract international visitors to Ho Chi Minh City.-VNA