A visitor takes pictures during the third annual festival of cultural heritage in the southern port city of Aden, Yemen, on Jan. 24, 2020. Hundreds of Yemeni people attended on Friday the third annual festival of cultural heritage in the country's southern port city of Aden. (Photo by Murad Abdo/Xinhua)
ADEN, Yemen, Jan. 24 (Xinhua) -- Hundreds of Yemeni people attended on Friday the third annual festival of cultural heritage in the country's southern port city of Aden.
A source of Aden's local government confirmed to Xinhua that the event attracted residents from Aden and neighboring provinces.
For the first time, the cultural festival saw international participation of some Arab and African countries, the source said.
Several provinces controlled by the government participated in the festival and presented their cultural heritage, he said.
A local resident named Sadeq Zaid said the cultural festival is considered as a chance for many people to enjoy and forget the woes of the years-long military conflict.
"We thank all the local organizers who played a role in the success of this festival that shed light on the security and stability of Aden as a city of peace," he said.
Last year, around 12 teams representing several Yemeni areas exhibited their traditional clothing and performed dances during the 2nd heritage festival in Aden.
The impoverished Arab country has been locked in a civil war since the Houthi rebels overran much of the country militarily and seized all northern provinces, including capital Sanaa, in 2014.