New Year Festival opens at September 23rd Park in HCMC

A colorful festival to ring in New Year 2012 opened at the September 23rd Park in Ho Chi Minh City on December 26.

The New Year Festival will bring to visitors a series of cultural activities such as an exhibition on the city’s achievement in eco-socio development, activities for the Year of Action for Children and Year of Youth, and important projects from now until 2020.

There is also a children’s area, folk games, charity auction of paintings to raise funds for children, music performances and a show on traditional costumes of countries across the globe.

In addition, the biggest annual food fest called “Taste of the World Festival 2011” is being held at the park.

Some 80 restaurants and hotels in the city with around 150 display booths will present to local and foreign gastronomes hundreds of dishes from 25 countries of the world.

The food show also introduces some five-star hotel chief cooks, “My favorite delicious dishes” competition, demonstration of various cooking styles and techniques, beverage making, vegetable carving, and a photo exhibition of the sea and islands.

New Year Festival 2012 and Taste of the World Festival 2011 will run until January 1, 2012.

Thousands people take part in the opening ceremony of “Taste of the World Festival 2011” in HCMC on December 26. (Photo: Sggp)

By staff writers – Translated by Kim Khanh

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