Delta town marks 330th birthday with bash

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A ceremony held on Monday showing glimpses of how people have lived in My Tho over the last few centuries marked the opening of a festival to celebrate the town’s 330th founding anniversary.

The week-long festival, being held in the Mekong Delta town, features traditional cultural and sporting activities, a show on how fashion has evolved here, art competitions, and an exhibition on the town’s social and economic achievements.

The settlement of the town began when a group of Vietnamese and some refugees from China arrived there and were allowed by the Nguyen Dynasty to found a town called “My Tho dai pho” (big town My Tho) in 1679.

It has since been witness to some important events in Vietnam’s history.

One of them was the glorious victory by the Tay Son troops over 50,000 Siamese warriors along the Rach Gam-Xoai Mut River in January 1785.

My Tho was the first town in southern Vietnam to have a high school. The Collège de My Tho, opened in March 1879, exists to this day and is now called Nguyen Dinh Chieu High School.

The first cai luong (traditional southern opera) theater was established in the town in 1917.

Reported by Hoang Phuong

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