The event is designed to celebrate the 75th anniversary of India’s independence, known as “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav”, 50 years of India-Vietnam diplomatic relations, India’s Presidency of G-20 and the International Year of Millets.
President of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga, stated that the imprints and cultural values of India preserved in Vietnam, serve as an important bridge to deepen the understanding between the two peoples.
She said she hopes that the festival would contribute to reinforcing the traditional friendship between Vietnam and India, created and cultivated by the two late leaders, Ho Chi Minh and Jawaharlal Nehru.
At the festival, Indian garments, art and craft, henna, mehndi and many other products were on show, attracting a large number of both Indian and Vietnamese people. In addition, many photos featuring the exchanges of high-level delegations and cultural activities between the two nations were also displayed.
Besides, the event featured different classical, folk and popular dance forms of India, and yoga demonstrations by experienced practitioners. Ladies and children from the Indian diaspora and Vietnamese students from the University of Social Sciences and Humanities also put on music and dance performances, representing art and culture from India.
Visitors to the event had a chance to savour traditional dishes of India at the food stalls, with “Tastes of India” from Kashmir to Kanyakumari.
Notably, the festival introduced different kinds of food items made from millets that are climate-resilient and nutritious. ‘Millets’ were among the first crops to be cultivated in India, with evidence of its consumption during the Indus valley civilisation 4000 years ago.
2023 is the International Year of Millets, as declared by the United Nations General Assembly.