First rose festival held in Hanoi

Hundreds of photos featuring the beauty of roses and of women are on display at the festival. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – A
special ao dai (traditional dress) collection by designer Vu
Viet Ha, inspired by roses to honour Vietnamese women’s beauty, was presented
at the opening ceremony of a rose festival in Hanoi on October 14.

Hundreds of visitors rushed
to the festival at Thang Long Rose Park, the first of its kind in the capital,
which runs until October 22.

Dao Manh
Hung, the park’s director, said the event will help participants learn about
the history of roses and bring together rose lovers.

“We organised the event on
occasion of Vietnamese women’s day on October 20 to honour the beauty of women,
which is often compared to roses. We hope the festival is a meaningful event to
honour women, half the world’s population, and helps connect nature lovers in
the beautiful autumn season,” Hung said.

Three hundred different species of roses are on display at the rose park located
in Hanoi’s Thanh Tri district. Located in Huynh Cung village, the park has long
been a favoured destination for rose lovers in the capital.

With a total area of around
45,000sq.m, it is the largest park of its kind in the city and houses thousands
of rose plants.

At the week-long event,
visitors can discover various varieties of roses, enjoy rose tea from Bulgaria,
love songs performed by the capital’s street artists and see hundreds of photos
of roses and women on display at the festival.

Experts will share with visitors stories about the origins of roses and
instruct visitors on how to take care of rose plants.

Awards will be given to
houses with the most beautiful rose-decorated balconies.

Various kinds of rose
plants, souvenirs made from roses and cosmetics from Bulgaria are being sold at
the event at discounted prices.

“Queen Rose” Bui Thi Thanh
Huong, who won the title at the first-ever Bulgarian Rose Festival in Hanoi last
year, sponsored by the Bulgarian Embassy, came to the festival to share stories
about the secret of preserving love in marriage.

Ngo Ngoc Toan, chairman of
Tam Hiep commune of Thanh Tri district said the region is proud of this rose
park which was created by Hung who was born in the region.

 “We will create
favourable conditions to encourage Hung to enlarge this park, so it can become
an interesting eco-tourism destination, creating a new tourism attraction for
nature lovers in Hanoi,” he said.-VNA

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