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Ho Chi Minh City’s first vegetarian festival to be held this week will seek to promote tourism and vegetarian habits among the populace.
The event, to be held at 23-9 Park in District 1 by the HCMC Union of Business Associations, Hi Ma Lap Son Company, and Youth Advertising Company, will also highlight Vietnam’s commitment to environmental protection by reducing meat consumption, one of the causes of greenhouse gases.
Two-thirds of the 80 booths at the festival will be set up by vegetarian restaurants in the city and other provinces.
Several pagodas will also bring their vegetarian dishes.
There will be a speech by Dr. Nguyen Thi Kim Hung titled “What you don’t know about vegetarianism,” vegetarian cooking lessons, and a forum on the “Modern tendency towards vegetarian food.”
A candle-light night themed “I love you, Mom” will be held by the park’s pond, while a musical night titled “Grateful to Mom” will mark the Vu Lan festival on August 27. Known as Mother’s Day in Vietnam, it is celebrated on the 15th of the seventh month in the lunar calendar.
The vegetarian festival will be held from August 26 to 29.