A lantern night festival will take place for the first time in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho from August 19 to 21.

With flower garlands and colored lanterns, the festival will light up Ninh Kieu Wharf, the pedestrian bridge, and Cai Khe and Khai Luong Canals next to the Hau River at night.

Visitors can admire the large floral lanterns floating on the river with beautiful art forms and advanced lighting technology. Nearly 100 colorful lanterns of five meters each on Khai Luong Canal will be a highlight of the event.

The festival will also feature other activities, including a contest for the best lantern, with participants having to submit their floral lanterns by the morning of August 19, which will then be exhibited on Khai Luong Canal until August 25 before the best is selected; a photo exhibition entitled “Ninh Kieu - Can Tho, Old and New”, a performance of the typical Southern folk music “Don ca tai tu” on the river; boat racing; a Can Tho cake and food festival; calligraphy; paintings; and folk games.

Various products and services at reasonable prices and promotions will be offered by travel agents at the festival.

“The festival will demonstrate Ninh Kieu’s hospitality and attractiveness for both domestic and foreign tourists, especially international officials attending APEC 2017,” said Ms. Nguyen Thi Hoang Oanh, Head of the city’s Department of Culture and Information.

Can Tho is the fourth-largest city in Vietnam and the largest in the Mekong Delta. Set on the southern bank of the Hau River, it’s known for its picturesque canal network and nearby floating markets. The city offers a wide range of tropical fruit, such as grapefruit, longan, jackfruit, mango, and durian. The busy Ninh Kieu Wharf is the city’s main trading center, where hundreds of boats ply the river, bringing products from elsewhere in the region. The wharf was built in the 18th century, specifically for the city’s market, and has featured in many literary pieces over the generations. Illuminated at night, Can Tho’s waterfront is home to floating restaurants, bars, and hotels.