The Vietnam-India Culture Week, themed “Vietnam – India Friendship Day”, was kicked off on January 7 in HCM City as an interesting start for marking of the 45th anniversary of the Vietnam-India diplomatic ties and 10 years of bilateral strategic partnership.
The week is being jointly organised by the HCMC Union of Friendship Organisations (HUFO), the Vietnam-India Friendship Association and Youth Culture House in coordination with the Consulate General of India in HCMC and the Indian Business Chamber in Vietnam (INCHAM).
The week-long event include various activities, including a photo exhibition highlighting the friendship between the two nations, an exhibition introducing the nation and people of India, a Yoga day, a fashion show, an Indian film festival, and a food exhibition.
Addressing the opening ceremony, Nguyen Van Manh, Vice President of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations in HCM City, highlighted the similarities of Vietnam and India in culture, history and religion.
He said that the traditional friendship between the two countries have been strengthened by leaders and people of both countries for years, with strong mutual trust and diverse cooperation between sectors and localities of both sides, benefiting both peoples.
The Vietnam-India Culture Week will help introduce the culture, food, nation and people of India to locals in HCM City, thus boosting mutual understanding between the two peoples and fostering the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries, he noted.
Indian Consul General in HCM City Smita Pant said that Vietnamese and Indian people have set up their friendship and trade relations for thousands years, overcoming geographic distance to reinforce the sound brotherhood.
Smita Pant stressed bilateral cooperation in politics, economy, culture, science and technology in the recent years, as well as partnership in human resource development which contributes to the socio-economic growth of both nations.
The Vietnam-India Cultural Week runs through January 14.
The opening ceremony attracted numerous local residents.