Rose festival to be held in Sa Pa
The biggest rose festival in the northwestern region will take place in the largest rose valley in Sa Pa town, a major tourist destination in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai from April 27 to May 30.
The rose valley has an area of 50,000 square metres with more than 300,000 roses crossbred from over 150 varieties in Sa Pa, Vietnam and around the world.
Particularly, the festival will feature a rose parade with 34 flower carts fully decorated with roses grown in Sa Pa and controlled by a cast made up 750 craftsmen, craftswomen, as well as local people from Sa Pa town and Tam Duong district dressed in traditional costumes of ethnic groups.
The parade will run between April 27 and 29 and will travel along the streets of the town centre. The floats, actors, and actresses participating in the procession will stop at five points during their journey, enabling visitors to snap pictures and watch the artists performing beside the floats.
Most notably, a flower procession to Buddha at the peak of Fansipan, the highest mountain in Indochina, will be held at the opening ceremony of the festival on April 27.
During the festival, fashion shows and art performances will take place. Artists will perform Xoe Thai dancing which is an intangible cultural heritage of humanity recognised by UNESCO.
In addition, the traditional wedding ceremony of the Red Dao ethnic minority group will be re-enacted during the festival.
The festival is expected to draw more tourists to Sa Pa town, as it coincides with the five-day holiday to mark National Reunification Day (April 30) and International Labour Day (May 1).