Vietnamese Students Learn Thai Culture through ‘Songkran in Hanoi’

The Royal Thai Embassy in Hanoi together with the Diplomatic Academy of Viet Nam (DAV) organize the “Songkran in Hanoi” event at the “Thai Room”, DAV on April 7.

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The event marks the Thai traditional New Year. Songkran, also known as the Water Festival, is celebrated throughout the country during 13 – 15 April every year. The festival places emphasis on respect, love, and gratitude using water as means of expression.

Songkran is the occasion for family unions. Thai people often visit temples and clean their houses during the holiday. Fun-loving Thai people throw water at each other as a symbol of washing off the misfortune of the past year to welcome a new start.

Vietnamese Students Learn Thai Culture through 'Songkran in Hanoi'
Nikorndej Balankura, Ambassador of Thailand to Vietnam, and university students in Hanoi perform the “Rod Nam Dam Hua” or water pouring ceremony, which aims to pay respect to the elderly and ask for their blessings (Photo: Valerie Mai).

This year’s event consists of a number of cultural activities to demonstrate how Thais celebrate their traditional New Year including “Rod Nam Dam Hua” or a water pouring ceremony, a showcase of Thai culinary by Thai chefs, dance performances, and workshops.

Thai companies also send representatives to events to introduce their products and services.

Vietnamese Students Learn Thai Culture through 'Songkran in Hanoi'
The event welcomes students from leading universities in Hanoi, namely the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam, Hanoi University, University of Languages and International Studies, University of Social Sciences and Humanities and FPT University (Photo: Valerie Mai).
Vietnamese Students Learn Thai Culture through 'Songkran in Hanoi'
Thai renowned dessert, “luk chup” is brought to the event (Photo: Valerie Mai).
Vietnamese Students Learn Thai Culture through 'Songkran in Hanoi'
Thai chef instruct Vietnamese students to make “luk chup” (Photo: Valerie Mai).

Many students expressed their excitement about joining Songkran and learning Thai dance for the first time. Thanks to the event, they better understand Thai culture and have a fun experience with the festival.

Vietnamese Students Learn Thai Culture through 'Songkran in Hanoi'
Thai dancer teaches traditional dance to Vietnamese students (Photo: Valerie Mai).
Vietnamese Students Learn Thai Culture through 'Songkran in Hanoi'
Vietnamese students learn to dance (Photo: Valerie Mai).
Valerie Mai