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The first national performance of Vietnam's 54 ethnic groups' traditional costumes will be held in November in Hanoi to promote and revive the distinguished culture of each ethnic group in Vietnam, Saigon Giai Phong reported.

According to organizers, the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism and State Committee for Ethnic Minorities, the event is an inventory and a complete introduction of the country's cultural heritage.

Accordingly, 250 men and women, 18 to 40 years of age, will represent their groups from across the country. They will perform in their own traditional costumes worn in different activities, including a wedding dress show, clothes from daily life and festivals. In addition, the performers will present their knowledge about their group's culture.

The northern mountainous provinces of Lao Cai, Lai Chau, and Ha Giang will have the most performers as those areas consist of several ethnic minority groups.

However, according to Chu Tuan Thanh, head of the State Committee for Ethnic Minorities' Department of Propaganda, at least five ethnic groups, including Xinh Mon, Pu Peo, Sila, Cong and Ruc, have lost their traditional costumes.

"It is impossible to compare which costume is the most beautiful and unique, so only the best performers will be awarded by the organizer," the Saigon Giai Phong newspaper quoted Thanh as saying.

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