RMIT Vietnam students recently celebrated the rich and diverse culture of India at a festival organised by the University’s International Club.
The two-day Indian Festival showcased the traditions, food and lifestyle of the country in the South Asia region.
It followed a successful Italian themed event held by the club in late 2014.
This semester’s Indian Festival included activities such as the game satoliya, henna tattooing, Sari displays as well as samplings of Indian cuisine.
International Club President Trinh Thi Thanh Thao said the festival was one of the many activities reflecting the cultural diversity of the RMIT Vietnam community.
“As students at an international university, our mission is to celebrate the diversity of cultures every semester,” Thao said.
“To help with our preparations, we researched the Indian lifestyle and its customs as well as took part in the Indian Festival of Lights held in Ho Chi Minh city last semester.
“We also spoke with our lecturers from India and the wider Indian community across the city,” she said.
Bachelor of Commerce student To Thi Ngoc Thuy, who attended the festival, said it brought Indian culture to life for RMIT Vietnam students.
“My friends and I know a little bit about Indian culture from what we’ve seen in Bollywood movies, musicals and in the news,” Thuy said.
“But not until this festival have I witnessed the aesthetic and sophistication of traditional Indian customs such as dress, food and leisure activities.
“I’ve really enjoyed chatting with the lecturers from India and learning about their home country,” she said.
RMIT Vietnam's cultural diversity will again be celebrated at the University’s annual International Day on Thursday 23 April.