Hue to host long dress festival

The central province will host the ao dai (traditional long dress) and cuisine festival in Hue on December 18-23.

Hue to host long dress festival
A traditional long dress fashion show is staged in Hue. The city will host the long dress festival and cuisine event on December 18-23. Photo courtesy Thua Thien-Hue Sports and Culture Department 

The Thua Thien Hue provincial department of Culture and Sports said the opening ceremony of the festival will be staged on Nguyen Dinh Chieu walking street at 5.30pm today.

It said a traditional long dress parade will start the festival from 8.30am on December 19 with various collections from Ngo Mon (South Gate), August 23 street, Dinh Tien Hoang, Cua Tu Thuong (Southeast Gate), Tran Hung Dao, the Truong Tien Bridge, Le Loi and Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street.

A long dress fashion show and exhibition will take place at the information and culture centre at 23 Le Loi Street and wooden pedestrian pathway on the Huong River bank on December 20.

The central province authority has revived the wearing of ao dai (Vietnam’s traditional long dress) in State agencies by mandating that men and women wear them. So, the ao dai will be the official uniform on the first Monday of each month.

It said the move aims to promote the beauty and value of the Hue-based 300-year-old long dress.


The province also plans to promote the value of the dress as national intangible heritage.

Hue to host long dress festival
A demonstration of Hue food and snacks. A cuisine event will be organised in Hue on December 18-23. Photo courtesy of Thua Thien-Hue Sports and Culture Department

In celebration of Christmas and New Year, a cuisine demonstration and event will continue the ao dai festival at parks on the Huong River banks with the participation of 60 pavilions till December 23.

All traditional food and snacks of ancient Hue City will be introduced to local residents and tourists at the cuisine event.  VNS