|The festival is to introduce and promote the image of Điện Biên Province and orchid tree, the characteristic tree of the northwest region of Việt Nam. – VNA/VNS Photo Lê Hữu Quyết |Viet Nam News
ĐIỆN BIÊN — The Fifth Orchid Tree Festival will be held from March 11 to 14 next year in northwest Điện Biên Province.
The opening ceremony with an art performance and a 15-minute fireworks performance is expected to be held on the evening of March 12.
The festival will also feature an exhibition of traditional culture of Điện Biên’s ethnic groups, folk singing and dancing festival, traditional folk culture demonstration, book and photo exhibition and a sports performance.
Miss Orchid Tree will also be held with the participation of eight northwest provinces -- Điện Biên, Lai Châu, Sơn La and Hòa Bình, as well as Yên Bái, Lào Cai, Phú Thọ and Hà Giang, with a costume performance and talent contest.
Orchid Tree Festival is an annual cultural event of Điện Biên Province, which began in 2014 on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Điện Biên Phủ’s victory. The festival is to preserve and promote the cultural values of Điện Biên’s ethnic groups and introduce and promote the image of Điện Biên Province and orchid tree, the characteristic tree of the northwest region of Việt Nam.
March 13, 1954, was the opening day of the Điện Biên Phủ Battle and the date was selected as the opening day of the annual orchid tree festival of Điện Biên. However, next year, March 13 is a Monday; therefore the organising team plans to open the event one day earlier to make it more convenient for festival goers. — VNS