Lantern Festival celebrated in style in Vietnam's Chinatown

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 The Chinese-Vietnamese community in Ho Chi Minh City organizes a street parade on Thursday to celebrate the Lantern Festival, attracting thousands of people including many foreign tourists.

 The Lantern Festival, known as Tet Nguyen Tieu in Vietnam, is observed on the fifteenth day of the first lunar month to mark the end of celebrations for the Lunar New Year. Traditionally, Chinese people celebrate the festival, believed to have dated back around 2,000 years, by lightening up lanterns, solving riddles on lanterns and eating dumplings. Lion dances are also common. 

 In the kilometers-long parade, believed to be the largest of its kind, performers in costumes go through main streets in District 5, the center of Cho Lon – Vietnam’s biggest and oldest Chinatown. They showcase different Chinese cultural aspects.

 Some performers are dressed and made up as characters in popular Chinese traditional opera plays. 

 Fairies that are common in Chinese folklore are also portrayed by performers at the event. They walk on stilts in traditional music performed by local bands.

 Young girls dressed in Vietnamese traditional dresses perform ribbon dances.

 Lion, qilin and dragon dances are performed by famous troupes like Nhon Nghia Duong and Hang Anh Duong.

Performers wow their audiences with skillful moves. 

 This duo-dragon dance is a wish for good luck and happiness.

The original Vietnamese story can be found here on Zing

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