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President enjoys ethnic traditions at cultural festival in Ha Noi

Update: February, 17/2014 - 08:34

President Truong Tan Sang visits ethnic people at the Culture-Tourism Village of Vietnamese Ethnic Groups. — VNS Photo Truong Vi

HA NOI — President Truong Tan Sang, together with village heads, religious dignitaries, intellectuals and Vietnamese expatriates, enjoyed a feast of ethnic minority culture in Ha Noi's outlying district of Son Tay last Saturday.

Addressing the dignitaries, gathered at the Culture-Tourism Village of Vietnamese Ethnic Groups in Son Tay, the President stated that while marching along the path towards industrialisation, modernisation and international integration, traditional culture needs to be well preserved to solidify the great national unity.

This, he said, was necessary to safeguard the nation's independence, sovereignty, unification and territorial integrity.

The feast, known as "Spring colours in all parts of the nation," increases mutual understanding and imparts a sense of solidarity among various Vietnamese ethnic groups, according to the President.

Adding to the air of festivity were various one-of-a-kind customs, a horse-racing competition or rituals of new rice offering.

The three-day festival is being co-hosted by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the village's management board and the Viet Nam Fatherland Front Central Committee. — VNS

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