Vietnam Joins Friendship Festival at Russia's Polytechnic University

Vietnamese students had introduced international friends to people and traditions, culture and culinary quintessence of the homeland at the Friendship Festival held at the Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University.
November 26, 2022 | 08:05
Vietnam Joins Jubilee Friendship Festival at Russia's Polytechnic University
The 5th Anniversary Friendship Festival was held at the Technopolis-Polytechnic Research Building on November 17 — International Student Solidarity Day. Source: Inrucs - St Petersburg Russia/FB

A friendship festival recently was held at the Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University. The cultures of different countries through bright concert numbers, master classes and tasty treats, were prepared by students from Afghanistan, Egypt, Nigeria, Uganda, Zambia, Botswana, Vietnam, India, Syria, China, Turkmenistan, Indonesia, Latin America and Russia.

The festival was truly large-scale — more than 300 guests, more than 200 organizers and volunteers, thanks to whom the event was a true celebration of good and friendship.

In here, Vietnamese students had introduced international friends to people and traditions, culture and culinary quintessence of the homeland.

Vietnam Joins Jubilee Friendship Festival at Russia's Polytechnic University
Nearly 100 Vietnamese students are studying at the Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University. Source: Đại học Bách khoa Saint Petersburg/FB

After 2 years of being affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Friendship Festival was held on the occasion of International Student Solidarity Day. This is an opportunity for Vietnamese students to introduce to international friends about the people, cultural traditions and culinary quintessence, thereby demonstrating the youth's spirit of peace, solidarity, friendship and development. Vietnam.

The exhibition space with the theme "Vietnamese cultural identity" has attracted the attention of many foreign students. Here, the most typical images and artifacts about Vietnam are introduced such as ao dai, handicraft products, Dong Ho folk paintings, cuisine and scenic spots.

International friends also enjoyed traditional dishes such as spring rolls, fried spring rolls, rice ball sweet soup, mung bean cakes and tea. Vietnamese cuisine has received many compliments for its diversity in both color and taste. Besides, interesting activities such as taking pictures with conical hats, listening to presentations on Dong Ho folk paintings are introduced to international students at the festival.

Vietnam Joins Jubilee Friendship Festival at Russia's Polytechnic University
Vietnamese students visit other stall. Source: Đại học Bách khoa Saint Petersburg/FB

A sophomore at the university, Alina Andreyevna, said that this is one of the best festivals she has ever participated in.

“Everything is prepared very carefully so that the students can experience the cultures, cuisines and national costumes of different countries. I really like the Vietnamese stall, I have seen how you guys decorate together, prepare food for everyone, tell about your country's culture, especially the impressive musical performance. I hope to be able to come to Vietnam one day soon,” Alina added.

In between creative performances, guests and participants of the festival attended a poster session. The activities prepared by the representatives of the countries amazed everyone without exception. Various flash mobs, master classes in painting or folk dancing — at the booth session the guests could literally touch the culture of the peoples of the world through the national costumes and household items of different countries.

Vietnamese students have brought many unique cultural performances, folk music and performances of H'Mong ethnic costumes.

Vietnam Joins Jubilee Friendship Festival at Russia's Polytechnic University
Dance performances in H'Mong ethnic costumes. Source: Đại học Bách khoa Saint Petersburg/FB

Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University is one of Russia’s oldest engineering higher education centres established in 1899. It offers a wide range of education programmes of different levels.

Nearly 100 Vietnamese students are studying at the Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University.

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