|A booth from Hungary at the HCM City – Development and Integration Festival, held from December 1-3 at the April 30 Park in District 1. — VNS Photo|Viet Nam News
HCM CITY — The annual HCM City – Development and Integration Festival to promote friendship between city residents and expatriates kicked off on Dec. 1 at the April 30 Park in District 1.
The three-day festival, organised by the city’s People’s Committee, introduces Việt Nam’s history and culture, particularly HCM City’s development and achievement, to expatriates.
It is also an opportunity for foreign residents to learn more about the culture, cuisine and the arts of Viet Nam and other countries.
The event includes booths from 25 consulates, business associations and friendship organisations from countries, including Hungary, Germany, China, Thailand and India, offering information on business, culture, tourism and education.
An exhibition called “HCM City’s Activities in International Relations – Integration and Development” showcases images of the city’s development and achievements in all fields of the economy, education and society as well as diplomatic activities.
Visitors can learn about handicrafts and traditional costumes from Việt Nam and other countries, and enjoy folk music, food, games and water puppetry shows.
Many booths feature souvenirs from local residents and foreign communities, a traditional game zone, and food courts manned by hotels and restaurants in the city.
A culinary competition called Vietnamese Delicacies for both Vietnamese and foreign participants is one of the festival’s highlights. — VNS