Bulgarian rose festival opens in Hanoi

Friday, 2017-03-03 09:47:39
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Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee Hoang Trung Hai (centre) and delegates cut the ribbon to open the rose festival. (Photo: HNM)
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NDO--Politburo member and Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee Hoang Trung Hai, Bulgarian Ambassador to Vietnam Evgueni Stoychev and delegates cut the ribbon to open the Bulgarian Rose Festival at Hanoi’s Thong Nhat (Reunification) Park on March 3.

The six-day event is being jointly held by the Bulgarian Embassy in Hanoi and the Vietnam-Bulgaria Friendship Association in celebration of 67 years of friendly relations between the two countries, 139 years of Bulgaria’s National Day (March 3, 1878-2017) and the International Women’s Day (March 8).

On its debut in Vietnam, the festival brings together 300 types of roes from across the world, including purebred rose varieties of both Europe and Bulgaria.

It also features pavilions showcasing Bulgaria’s traditional products, including rose-themed food, unique souvenirs and products from rose oil.

Addressing the opening ceremony, Vice Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Doan Toan affirmed that Vietnam and Bulgaria have had positive sentiments for each other over the years, adding that bilateral ties have been increasingly strengthened through political, diplomatic and economic cooperation activities.

The Bulgarian rose festival is a milestone marking the good relationship between the two countries and a bridge fostering cultural cohesion and cooperation between Vietnam and Bulgaria as a whole and between Hanoi and Kazanlak in particular, he said.

Through the festival, the Bulgarian Embassy presented Hanoi with the Damascena rose variety, Bulgaria’s most precious and typical rose.

On behalf of Hanoi’s leaders and citizens, Toan thanked the Bulgarian side and pledged to direct specialised agencies to receive, preserve, breed and conduct the pilot cultivation of this kind of rose, contributing to deepening the solidarity and friendship between the two nations and two cities.

Bulgarian Ambassador to Vietnam Evgueni Stoychev (left) presents the Damascena rose variety to Hanoi. Photo: HNM

Politburo member Hoang Trung Hai visits pavilions showcasing Bulgaria's traditional products.