On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the Vietnam Women’s Union, in collaboration with Vietnam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL) and the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Central Committee, launched an “Ao Dai Week” from March 2-8.

Accordingly, women, female officials, employees and students around the country are encouraged to wear the Vietnamese traditional long dresses.

Many shows, performances and parades with Ao Dai will take place from April to October in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Can Tho as well as in the provinces of Dak Lak, Thua Thien – Hue and Quang Nam.

In April, Vietnam Women’s Museum will coordinate with the Vietnam Institute of Culture and Arts Studies (VICAS) to hold a seminar themed “Vietnamese Ao Dai: Recognition, customs, values and identity”, aiming to clarify the historical, artistic, cultural and social values of the traditional long dresses.

The events are expected to affirm national cultural values and identities through the Vietnamese Ao Dai.