Vietnam Stands Out at Fêtes Consulaires in France
|Vietnamese flag in the parade of countries in Consular Holiday. Photo: NDO|
More than 50 countries attended the event. They introduce traditional cultural characteristics to local people.
Attending the opening ceremony were the Vietnamese Ambassador to France Dinh Toan Thang and representatives of delegations from other countries.
|Ambassador Dinh Toan Thang introduced to the Mayor of Lyon Grégory Doucet about the Vietnamese heritages. Photo: NDO|
At the Vietnam pavilion, the Vietnam Cultural Center in France and the Vietnamese associations in Lyon and surrounding areas hold the exhibition of Vietnamese cultural heritage, cultural introduction, performing arts, introducing tourism and national costumes.
|The Vietnamese show attracts the attention of French people and international visitors. Photo: NDO|
Vietnamese colors stood out from the start, attracting the attention of many locals and international friends. The costumes are also the most unique cultural features of the three regions in Vietnam, which are expressed through songs and dances by the artists of the Vietnam Cultural Center and the Vietnamese community.
The Mayor of Lyon, Grégory Doucet and the Vietnamese Ambassador to France, Dinh Toan Thang walked around the pavilions of other countries. Grégory Doucet appreciated the presence of Vietnam.
He talked about the meaning of Fêtes Consulaires. It is not only an opportunity for countries to introduce the country and its people, but also strengthen solidarity and friendship between countries. Despite joining for the first time, Vietnam has left good impressions.
|Art performances from three regions of Vietnam on the main stage at the event. Photo: NDO|
During the two days, the Vietnam pavilion attracted a lot of visitors to learn about the culture and heritage, share their feelings with the country they had visited or heard from friends and families.
Priquet Chantal, a French living near the city of Lyon, visited the Vietnamese pavilion right after looking at the red flag with a yellow star in the distance. She said: "I know some Vietnamese friends. I love your country because of the sincerity and enthusiasm of the people. After traveling to your country in 2020, my son talked a lot about Vietnam, especially its characteristic East Asian culture. I will definitely go to Vietnam someday."
Nicolas Grandi brought two children to the event to learn about the cultures of the countries at the time of the cultural and artistic performance of Vietnam. As a man who has been working in Vietnam for two years, he is happy to once again enjoy the unique cultural features of Vietnam.
He said: "I love your country Vietnam. The Vietnamese spirit is always clearly shown on the occasion of festivals, showing a profound Vietnamese tradition. That is also the reason why I and many people in France feel that Vietnam is an interesting and attractive destination."
|Director, Artist Thanh Son and Artist Thanh Ngoc (Vietnam Cultural Center in France) perform traditional musical instruments at Vietnam pavilion. Photo: NDO|
On the same day, Ambassador Dinh Toan Thang had a meeting with the Vietnamese community in Lyon and surrounding areas, announcing the country's situation and the relationship between the two countries. Generations of Vietnamese here from many decades ago have been recognized by the local authorities as being well integrated with the community. They have many activities to introduce the traditional cultural identity of the Vietnamese people and contribute to the friendship between Vietnam and France.
|Ambassador Dinh Toan Thang met with the Vietnamese community in Lyon and surrounding areas. Photo: NDO|
Ambassador Dinh Toan Thang appreciated the solidarity of the Vietnamese community over many generations. They strengthen the spirit of patriotism towards the homeland with practical activities contributing to the development of the country. The activities of the Vietnamese community here have attracted the support and participation of French people in introducing the country of Vietnam.
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