Illustrative image (Source: VNA) 
 
HCM City (VNA) – Over 3,000 people of different ages in traditional long dress (ao dai) joined a mass performance in Nguyen Hue pedestrian street on March 4, a highlight of the fifth Ho Chi Minh City Ao Dai Festival from March 3-25. 

On the occasion, many secondhand ao dai were given free to less fortunate women. Fifty poor students with outstanding academic results also received scholarships.

In the morning of the same day, an exhibition “Ho Chi Minh City Charming Ao Dai” opened in District 1, displaying more than 50 objects and various ao dai collections. The event will last till March 31.

The festival, co-organised by the municipal Tourism Department and the Women’s Union, has attracted more than 20 leading domestic ao dai designers with over 1,200 designs.

Up to 16 activities, including fashion shows, talk shows and forums, will be held within the framework of the festival which was designed to popularise traditional culture of ao dai to foreign friends.-VNA