Vietnam’s signature red-and-golden-star flag, traditional long dress (ao dai) and folk music were featured in the Grand Parade of the Limassol Carnival in the Republic of Cyprus on February 22.

The cold winter in Cyprus had little effect on Vietnamese participants wearing the one-layer ao dai or Vietnamese flag T-shirts, and the delegation received an enthusiastic welcome from local friends during the 5 kilometre parade.

This is the first time the Vietnamese community joined in the event, celebrated in Limassol and throughout Cyprus annually for over a century. The city attracted 109 delegations this year.

The Republic of Cyprus is currently home to around 12,000 Vietnamese nationals. The two countries will mark the 40 th anniversary of their diplomatic ties this year with a number of celebratory activities.-VNA