Hanoi municipal People’s Committee and Ireland Embassy in Vietnam on March 18 joinlty held the Irish Cultural Festival at the Octagonal Stage at Ly Thai To Flower Park in Hanoi.
The event was attended by Politburo mmeber and Secretary of Hanoi municipal Party Committee Hoang Trung Hai.
The highlight of the festival was that the Octagonal Stage was lit with green lights in order to celebrate Irish National Day (March 17) and convey a message of protecting the ‘green colour’ of the earth.
Since 2010, the special initiative of ‘green dying’ which was released by Ireland has become a global campaign. On the occasion of this year’s Irish National Day, 100 sites in 35 countries around the world will be lit in green.
During the festival in Hanoi, local people and visitors had a chance to enjoy numerous cultural and musical events, introducing the land and people of Ireland.
Speaking at the event, Irish Ambassador to Vietnam Cáit Moran this is the first time the green lighting campaign held in Hanoi, becoming a symbol of the friendship between Vietnam and Ireland.
In recent years, the relations between the two nations have significantly developed. In 2016, Vietnam welcomed more than 10,000 Ireland visitors to Vietnam and trade turnover between the two countries reached EUR500 million.