In a few days’ time we will all be painted in the spirit of patriotism and flying our tricolor sky high. We do this every year, but this year it’s something special. What’s so special, you ask? Well, this year is the diamond jubilee of we proud Indians attaining freedom from the colonial rule of the British. Yes, this 15th August, will be our 75th Independence Day and we are super excited about it.  So excited, that we are even planning to paint Ho Chi Minh City and Nha Trang in Vietnam in the colors of our happiness with the Namaste Vietnam Festival.

But, why Vietnam?

Because our Honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi considers Vietnam as a key ally to India’s Act East Policy due to which the Namaste Vietnam Festival was planned.

Golden Bridge, Vietnam
Golden Bridge, Vietnam

Apart from the political aspect, Vietnam as a country is extremely beautiful and quite well-known for its Buddhist pagodas, historical war memorials, French colonial architecture, beaches, rivers, greenery, and bustling towns and cities with hotels providing breathtaking views which make it an attractive getaway for many Indians. The country also has a quick and easy process to obtain a Vietnam visa for Indians wherein the Vietnam eVisa is normally processed within 2 to 3 days will cost approx. Rs. 2,799 only.

 Ban Gioc Waterfall, Vietnam
Ban Gioc Waterfall, Vietnam

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If you are planning to attend the Namaste Vietnam Festival, then we highly suggest booking our Vietnam tour packages and freezing on your Vietnam flight tickets from India right away, because this Indian Independence Day, we will be witnessing a never before seen display of culture, companionship, and cheer in Vietnam!

Ha Long Bay, South China Sea, Vietnam
Ha Long Bay, South China Sea, Vietnam

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Lets have a look at the key features of the upcoming Namaste Vietnam Festival –

Delegation for Namaste Vietnam
Delegation for Namaste Vietnam
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  • Starting from 12th August and ending on 21st August, this first of its kind 10 day long mega-festival is a part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations marking 75 years of the Indian Independence. Coincidentally, the Namaste Vietnam Festival also marks the golden jubilee of diplomatic relations between India and Vietnam. 75 years of freedom and 50 years of friendship definitely calls for a great celebration, doesn’t it? And what better way to celebrate other than displaying the many aspects of Indian culture right in the heart of Vietnam? Nothing!
  • Organized by the Indian Embassy, Consulate General of India in Ho Chi Minh City and Innovations India, the Namaste Vietnam Festival will be hosted by Indian Ambassador to Vietnam – Pranay Verma and Consul General of India in Ho Chi Minh City – Dr. Madan Mohan Sethi (IFS).
  • This 10 day long mega-festival will include lots of activities ranging from workshops and meets related to culture, investment, trade, tourism, healthcare and events, and various other events curated by Captain Rahul Bali, a successful curator of Indian Film Festival Worldwide.
  • The festival is said to be a union of culture and commerce as it aims to create awareness about the diverse Indian culture and also act as a platform to reconnect entrepreneurs of both the countries post COVID to explore the business opportunities in many sectors. It is expected to provide a medium to nurture mutual relations between India and Vietnam and encourage trade, tourism, culture, art, movies and music, etc.
  • A big delegation of Indian Film fraternity led by producer- actor Rahul Mittra, including top producers like Kiran Kumar Koneru, Shree Narayan Singh, Rajesh Mapuskar, Rahul Rawail, Umesh Shukla, Chandrakant Singh, Kumar Mangat, Nitin Tej Ahuja, Mikhil Musale, etc. along with actors Randhir Kapoor, Raima Sen, Avika Gor, Sulakhyana Baruah, Himakshi Kalita, Soma Laishram, and lifestyle journalists Ruchika Mehta and Komal Natha, will all walk the red carpet at the festival. Among the many delegates visiting, Avika Gor has already amassed a lot of fame in Vietnam due to her show – Balika Vadhu. She was also the first actress to win the “Face of the Year” award and has appeared for many interviews in Vietnam during her previous trip to Ho Chi Minh City.
  • The opening of the festival will also witness the release of “Raj Kapoor: The Master at Work”, a book based on the legendary showman of Bollywood – Raj Kapoor.

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Excited? So are we!

With such exciting delegates and the many interesting activities lined up to mark such a historic occasion, we can be sure that the Namaste Vietnam Festival will surely be a hit among all those attending and help achieve the goal of strengthening our ties with Vietnam in the upcoming years.

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