The District 3 People’s Committee, the organizer of the festival, said that the fest featured nine teams from Ho Chi Minh City and four other localities, including Binh Duong, Tay Ninh, Kien Giang and Binh Phuoc Provinces, competing in boat races.

The teams competed in a race along a portion of the canal between Cong Ly Bridge and Le Van Sy Bridge.

During the knockout round, these teams were placed in four groups. The winner of each group advanced to the semifinal, where they competed for the first prize of the race.

Thousands of spectators flocked to both banks of the canal to cheer on the rowers at the crack of dawn on Sunday, with the race officially beginning at 7:30 am.

Tran Thi Ngat, a teacher at a kindergarten in District 3, expressed her excitement as she and her family members and friends attended the race. She said, “It was an incredible experience to be at the event with my loved ones.”

“As I watched the thrilling NGO boat race for the first time,” she exclaimed, “I was mesmerized by the sheer energy and enthusiasm of the participants!”

These teams are demonstrating their strength and determination to win the tournament, making the race more exciting and supporters exhilarated.”

Visitors gathered on either banks of the Nhieu Loc – Thi Nghe canal in District 3 to cheer on rowers in a thrilling boat race. Captured in a stunning photograph, the energy and excitement of the event was palpable as the boats raced across the water. Spectators lined the banks of the canal, waving flags and banners in support of their favorite teams. The sound of their cheering, clapping, and shouting echoed across the canal, creating an atmosphere of pure joy and excitement. The boat race was a truly unforgettable event, and one that will be remembered for years to come.

Visitors stand on both banks of the Nhieu Loc – Thi Nghe Canal in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City to support rowers in a boat race, April 23, 2023. Photo: Tuoi Tre

The home team in yellow is competing in an exciting Ngo boat race. The race is a traditional activity of the Ngo ethnic minority of Vietnam, and is a highlight of their annual festivals. The competitors, dressed in yellow, battle it out on the water in boats made of wood and bamboo. Spectators cheer and clap as the teams paddle fiercely towards the finish line. The photo shows the intense competition as the teams paddle towards the finish line. It captures the atmosphere of the race, and the determination of the competitors. It’s a wonderful sight to behold!

The home team in yellow competes in a Ngo boat race. Photo: Tuoi Tre

The home team in yellow competes in a Ngo boat race on the Nhieu Loc – Thi Nghe Canal in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, April 23, 2023. Photo: Tuoi Tre

The festival was aimed at celebrating the nation’s Reunification Day and Vietnamese Ethnic Groups Culture Day (April 19). Vu Thi My Ngoc, Vice Chairwoman of the District 3 People’s Committee, stated that the event was intended to honor the momentous occasion. Visitors had the opportunity to explore an array of traditional activities, musical performances, and delicious cuisines that represented the nation’s rich cultural heritage. Ngoc added that the event was a great way to promote the culture of Vietnam’s ethnic groups to the local community.

The festival not only promoted and maintained the cultural values of the Khmer ethnic people in southern Vietnam, but also facilitated cultural exchange among different ethnic groups and introduced District 3 as a safe and friendly tourist destination to both local and international visitors, according to Ngoc.

Historically, they have had a unique culture, language, and religion. Recently, the Khmer people have been facing many challenges, including discrimination, poverty, and lack of access to education and health care.

The Khmer people are one of the largest ethnic minorities in Vietnam, particularly concentrated in the southern region of the country, particularly in the Mekong Delta. With a unique culture, language, and religion, they have been a part of the country’s history for centuries. Unfortunately, in recent years, they have faced several challenges, including discrimination, poverty, and limited access to education and healthcare. The government of Vietnam has recognized the plight of the Khmer people and taken steps to address these issues and improve their quality of life.

Rowers of a team displayed their strength and determination in a thrilling boat race. The photo above captures the moment the team put their full effort into the race, pushing their boat to the finish line. It was an exciting event that saw many teams battle it out for the top spot. The determination of the rowers was clear to see and it was a great show of teamwork and sportsmanship.

Rowers of a team show their mettle in a boat race on the Nhieu Loc – Thi Nghe Canal in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, April 23, 2023. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Representatives of two teams draw for their turn in an exciting boat race. In the photo, we can see the two teams drawing lots to decide who goes first. The intense atmosphere of the race can be felt as the teams eagerly await the result of the draw. The image captures the moment when the future of the race hangs in the balance. It is a moment that will surely make an indelible impression on the minds of the participants.

Representatives of two teams draw for their turn in a boat race on the Nhieu Loc – Thi Nghe Canal in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, April 23, 2023. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A photo shows a team of people competing in a thrilling Ngo boat race. The participants look to be in high spirits as they vie for the top prize. The photo captures the intensity of the competition, with everyone putting their hearts and souls into the race. The craftsmanship of the boats is also evident, showing the skill and hard work that goes into making them. It is clear that this is an event that brings people together in a unique and exciting way.

A photo shows a team competing in a Ngo boat race on the Nhieu Loc – Thi Nghe Canal in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, April 23, 2023. Photo: Tuoi Tre

The Kha Lang Muong team from Chau Thanh District in Kien Giang Province won the championship in a stunning display of skill and determination. The Thon Don team from Rach Gia in Kien Giang Province finished the race as runner-up, making for an exciting finish. The Kha Lang Muong team from Chau Thanh District in Kien Giang Province won the championship. The Thon Don team from Rach Gia in Kien Giang Province finished the race runner-up. Photo: Tuoi Tre

The Kha Lang Muong team from Chau Thanh District in Kien Giang Province won the championship. The Thon Don team from Rach Gia in Kien Giang Province finished the race as the runner-up. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Ho Chi Minh City will host spectacular fireworks displays in celebration of Reunification Day and International Workers’ Day (May 1st) on April 30th. The displays will take place at Dam Sen Amusement Park in District 11 and the Saigon River Tunnel in Thu Duc City between 9:00 pm and 9:15 pm. This special event is being organized by the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Culture and Sports.

Many exciting events will be organized to celebrate the celebrated national holiday in Ho Chi Minh City, including elaborate incense offering ceremonies in tribute to the late State Presidents Ho Chi Minh and Ton Duc Thang, a thrilling bicycle race, and stunning art performances on Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street in District 1.

Workers in Vietnam are entitled to a five-day holiday from April 29 to May 3 to celebrate Hung Kings’ Commemoration Day, Reunification Day, and International Workers’ Day. This holiday period provides a much-needed break for those in the workforce, allowing them to commemorate and honor the important days in the country’s history.

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Ho Chi Minh City hosted the inaugural Ngo (Khmer) boat race festival on the Nhieu Loc – Thi Nghe Canal in District 3 on Sunday in celebration of the upcoming Reunification Day (April 30). Thousands of people gathered to witness the event, which featured colorful boats and a lively atmosphere. The festival is part of the city’s efforts to promote traditional culture and tourism. “It was a great way to celebrate the upcoming national holiday,” said one spectator. “It was really exciting to watch the boats race and to feel the festive atmosphere in the air.”

The District 3 People’s Committee, the organizer of the festival, said that the fest featured nine teams from Ho Chi Minh City and four other localities, including Binh Duong, Tay Ninh, Kien Giang and Binh Phuoc Provinces competing in boat races.

The teams competed on a section of the canal between Cong Ly Bridge and Le Van Sy Bridge.

During the knockout round, these teams were divided into four groups. The winner of each group advanced to the semifinal, where they then competed for the first prize of the race.

Thousands of spectators flocked to both banks of the canal at 6:00 am on Sunday, despite the race not starting until 7:30 am, eager to show their support for the rowers.

Tran Thi Ngat, a teacher at a kindergarten in District 3, shared that she and her family members and friends had come to watch the race with excitement.

“I was absolutely mesmerized when I watched my first ever thrilling NGO boat race,” she exclaimed.

This tournament is becoming more and more exciting as teams battle fiercely to secure victory, leaving supporters on the edge of their seats in anticipation. The competition has become even more thrilling, as each team shows their determination to win.

Visitors from both sides of the Nhieu Loc – Thi Nghe canal in District 3 gathered together to cheer on the participants of a boat race. An exciting atmosphere filled the air as onlookers clapped and shouted in support of the rowers. Visitors stand on either banks of the Nhieu Loc - Thi Nghe canal in District 3 to support rowers in a boat race. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Visitors stand on both banks of the Nhieu Loc – Thi Nghe Canal in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City to support rowers in a boat race, April 23, 2023. Photo: Tuoi Tre

The home team in yellow competes fiercely in a Ngo boat race. Spectators cheer from the sidelines as the competitors in their colorful boats speed across the water. The home team in yellow competes in a Ngo boat race. Photo: Tuoi TreThe race is a tradition that has been passed down through generations, with the first documented race taking place in the 17th century. The race is both a form of entertainment for the local community and a way to honor the gods.

The home team in yellow competes in a Ngo boat race on the Nhieu Loc – Thi Nghe Canal in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, April 23, 2023. Photo: Tuoi Tre

The festival was held to commemorate the nation’s Reunification Day and Vietnamese Ethnic Groups Culture Day (April 19), according to Vu Thi My Ngoc, Vice-Chairwoman of the District 3 People’s Committee. She highlighted the importance of celebrating the day and encouraged the public to take part in the festivities. Ngoc remarked, “It is essential to celebrate this day, as it is a reminder of the unity and solidarity of our people, and a recognition of our rich cultural heritage.” The event featured a wide range of activities, including traditional folk games and performances, a variety of food stalls, and art exhibitions. It was attended by many members of the local community, who all enjoyed the festive atmosphere.

The festival not only promoted and maintained the cultural values of the Khmer ethnic people in southern Vietnam, but also facilitated cultural exchange amongst ethnic groups and showcased District 3 as a safe and friendly destination for both local and international tourists, according to Ngoc.

Khmer people are known for their strong sense of community and traditional values. They have their own language, culture, and customs that have been passed down through generations.

The Khmer people are one of the largest minority populations in Vietnam. They are mainly concentrated in the southern parts of the country, particularly in the Mekong Delta region. Khmer people are renowned for their strong sense of community and traditional values. Over the generations, they have preserved their own language, culture, and customs.

Rowers of a team demonstrated their strength and determination in a thrilling boat race. Rowers of a team showed their mettle in a boat race. Photo: Tuoi TreThe competitors battled against the elements as well as each other to cross the finish line first. Spectators were on the edge of their seats as the race unfolded, with the determination of each team’s rowers evident in their powerful strokes. In the end, one team emerged triumphant, having shown their mettle and earned the admiration of all who watched.

Rowers of a team show their mettle in a boat race on the Nhieu Loc – Thi Nghe Canal in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, April 23, 2023. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Representatives of two teams drew for their turn in a thrilling boat race, as seen in the photo above. The race was a spectacle to behold, with competitors from both teams striving for the win. The tension was palpable, as the teams drew lots to decide who would go first and who would follow. It was a close call, but in the end, the race ended with a victorious finish. It was a thrilling display of sportsmanship, with the competition going down to the wire. The photo captures the moment perfectly, highlighting the excitement of the race.

Representatives of two teams draw for their turn in a boat race on the Nhieu Loc – Thi Nghe Canal in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, April 23, 2023. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A team of competitors can be seen in the photo, participating in a Ngo boat race. The photo was taken by Tuoi Tre and shows the intensity of the race. The competitors are rowing with precision, demonstrating their skills and determination to win the race. The photo captures the excitement and energy of the competition, highlighting the importance of the event.

A photo shows a team competing in a Ngo boat race on the Nhieu Loc – Thi Nghe Canal in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, April 23, 2023. Photo: Tuoi Tre

The The Kha Lang Muong team from Chau Thanh District in Kien Giang Province won the championship. The Thon Don team from Rach Gia in Kien Giang Province finished the race runner-up. Photo: Tuoi TreKha Lang Muong team from Chau Thanh District in Kien Giang Province won the championship in an exciting race, with the Thon Don team from Rach Gia in Kien Giang Province coming in as runner-up. It was a close-fought battle to the finish line, with the Kha Lang Muong team ultimately claiming victory. The photo below shows the winning team celebrating their success.

The Kha Lang Muong team from Chau Thanh District in Kien Giang Province won the championship. The Thon Don team from Rach Gia in Kien Giang Province finished the race as the runner-up. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Ho Chi Minh City will host spectacular fireworks displays at the Dam Sen Amusement Park in District 11 and the Saigon River Tunnel in Thu Duc City from 9:00 pm to 9:15 pm on April 30th to mark the celebration of Reunification Day and International Workers’ Day on May 1st, the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Culture and Sports announced.

Many exciting events will be organized to celebrate the national holiday in Ho Chi Minh City, including traditional incense offering ceremonies in tribute to late State Presidents Ho Chi Minh and Ton Duc Thang, a thrilling bicycle race, and fascinating art performances on Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street in District 1.

Workers in Vietnam are entitled to a five-day holiday starting from April 29 to May 3 in order to commemorate the Hung Kings’ Commemoration Day (April 29), as well as Reunification Day and International Workers’ Day.

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