Vietnam-China Cultural Exchange Celebrates New Year 2024 in Hanoi

The Lunar New Year festival at Hanoi University brought together individuals from diverse backgrounds to engage in a range of activities aimed at discovering the richness of Chinese culture. One such activity was the calligraphy and ink painting event, which captivated participants and allowed them to delve into the intricacies of this art form.

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The Confucius Institute, located at Hanoi University (HANU), organized a cultural exchange program on January 24 with the theme “Welcome Spring 2024”.

The event featured unique cultural activities such as Chinese and Vietnamese cuisine, painting and ink art, Chinese paper cutting, Vietnamese ao dai and Hanfu clothes, and calligraphy.

Dr. Dinh Thi Thanh Nga, head of the Department of Chinese at Hanoi University speaks at the event. Photo: Pham Ly

In her speech at the exchange program, Dr. Dinh Thi Thanh Nga, head of the HANU’s Department of Chinese language, emphasized the role of cultural bridges in enhancing the understanding of the development situation and the cultures of Vietnam and China. She also highlighted the importance of contributing to the mutual understanding between the people of both countries in the work of building a community of shared future between Vietnam and China.

According to Dr. Nga, the traditional Lunar New Year holds significant cultural value for both China and Vietnam, encompassing both common and unique features.

Zheng Dawei, education counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Vietnam delivers his speech. Photo: Pham Ly

Zheng Dawei, education counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Vietnam, highlighted the increased humanitarian exchanges between China and Vietnam in recent years. He emphasized the positive results of cooperation in fields such as culture, education, and tourism.

Art performance at the event. Photo: Pham Ly

In the 2022 – 2023 school year, over 23,000 Vietnamese students will study in China, further enhancing educational cooperation between the two countries.

A Vietnamese man works on a Chinese painting during a Vietnam-China cultural exchange program welcoming Spring 2024 at Hanoi University in Vietnam, January 24, 2024. Photo: Pham Ly

Educational institutions in Vietnam have achieved remarkable success in teaching Chinese. Vietnamese audiences have shown support for many contemporary Chinese cinema works, and Vietnamese music songs are widely shared on Chinese social networking platforms. Additionally, a Vietnamese singer gained a large fan base in China through participation in a reality TV show. These achievements in cultural exchanges have strengthened understanding between the two peoples, laying a solid foundation for even greater cooperation in all fields.

Vietnamese students try Chinese paper cutting. Photo: Pham Ly

According to Zheng, this exchange program will allow participants to experience the similarities and differences in the traditional Tet culture of China and Vietnam, enhancing our cultural knowledge about Lunar New Year holiday customs and strengthening the bond between the two peoples.

He expressed his hope that the collective efforts of the two peoples will paint a beautiful picture of cultural and civilizational exchange and learning between China and Vietnam. He also wishes for the development of exchanges between the two countries, especially the mutual understanding and friendship among the younger generation.

The Confucius Institute, located at HANU, was established in 2014 as a partnership between Hanoi University and Guangxi Normal University (China). The institute offers Chinese language courses and promotes Chinese culture to strengthen the friendship between the two countries.

Hannah Nguyen