‘Sri Lanka in Hanoi: A Cultural Fiesta’

If golden beaches, blue seas and rising waves, serene mountains, majestic elephants, silent leopards, huge whales and playful dolphins, a rich history, delicious tea, exotic cuisine, a wide range of festivities and warm smiles could sum up a country, that would be Sri Lanka.

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Hanoi on April 24,2018 10:45 AM

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This event would offer you a chance to experience a perfect blend of Sri Lankan culture in a Vietnamese environment. This 03-day event would be held from 27th to 29th April 2018, at the premises of Vietnam Women’s Museum (36 Ly Thuong Kiet, Hang Bai, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi).

The event would feature: Paintings/sketches of Sri Lankans and on Sri Lanka; Exhibition of photographs of Sri Lanka – Vietnam bilateral relations; Exhibition of photographs on Sri Lanka both by professionals and amateurs; Sri Lankan food and beverages; Sri Lankan Movies – documentaries as well as feature films; Sri Lankan products of small and medium enterprises – especially those made of handloom fabric, batik, tea, spices, handicrafts, gems, etc. by small and medium; Sri Lankan music; Exhibition of paintings of renowned Vietnamese artist, Ms. Van Duong Thanh, including paintings connected to Sri Lanka; Stalls of Hanoi Small and Medium Enterprises Association.

In addition, at the Opening Ceremony on 27th April, the travel book by famous Vietnamese travel writer Di Li titled ‘Sunrise on Sahara’ which has a section on Sri Lanka would be launched. Other countries covered in the book are Spain, Morocco, Portugal, Maldives and Japan.

‘Sri Lanka in Hanoi: A Cultural Fiesta’

‘Sri Lanka in Hanoi: A Cultural Fiesta’ is organized by the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Hanoi, celebrating the 70th anniversary of independence of the country and 48 years of diplomatic relations between Sri Lankan and Vietnam in collaboration with Vietnam Women’s Museum and Hanoi Small and Medium Enterprises Association. It would also bring together some small and medium enterprises of the two countries for the first time.

SRI LANKA, A RICH ISLAND NATION IN THE INDIAN OCEAN

Set in the Indian Ocean in South Asia, the tropical island nation of Sri Lanka has a history dating back to the birth of time.

Within the 65,610 km2 of land mass lies 08 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and country’s archaeological heritage is dominated by its Buddhist architecture, sculpture and art with some dating back to 3rd century B.C.

The multi-ethnic multi-religious society in Sri Lanka has paved the way for its inhabitants and the tourist alike to be a part of a wide range of festivities all around the year, adding more diversity to this island of 21 million population.

Sri Lanka’s strategy location has played a major role in its destiny from the ancient times to date. Even 2000 years ago, Sri Lanka was a center of maritime trade. It was not just a port of trans-shipment and maintenance, it was also well known for its exports of its gems, pearls and spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and pepper and many more. Sri Lanka’s role in ancient maritime trade is well documented in histories of ancient Greece and Chinese Empire.

Five centuries ago with European traders discovering of Asia who came ‘in search of exotic spices’. First came the Portuguese and then the Dutch. Finally, in 1798, the British moved in and through an agreement with the British, the Kandyan Kingdom in the central hills accepted British sovereignty over the entire island in 1815. British ruled Sri Lanka until 4th February 1948, when Sri Lanka gained independence from the British Empire and transition was smooth and peaceful.

The event would also make a platform for people to meet and interact, especially those who have been to Sri Lanka to reminiscence their time in Sri Lanka with a wider audience.

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