"India Day" was observed at the Beijing International Horticulture Expo Aug. 17, showcasing the unique Indian culture through horticultural achievements, dance performances, music, food, and various other customs.
The event was held at Guirui Theater, bringing together a mix of Indian style performances such as Manipuri, Kathak and Kathakali dances, as well as yoga. Visitors were also invited to the Indian Garden, G-53 Pavilion, which reflects the cultural landscape of India.
At the opening ceremony, Vikram Misri, Indian ambassador to China, said closer bonds between the two great civilizations, India and China, required a better understanding of each other's society and culture.
He added: "The Indian Garden aims to introduce the basic roots of Indian culture and the Indian way of life to the people of China. I'm confident that the Indian Garden and today's India Day cerebration can enable them to better understand India, take them to 'incredible India,' and experience India first-hand."
Li Yi, deputy commissioner general of Expo 2019 Beijing who is also deputy director of the Beijing Foreign Affairs Office, said Expo 2019 Beijing was an international gala for countries to share their success stories and develop approaches to ecological conservation. The Indian side highly valued the Expo and had worked to make a great contribution to its success.
"Passing on the friendship between China and India is a great and lofty cause that will benefit not only this generation, but many more to come." Li said.
Artists from India performed classical dances, such as Manipuri and Kathak from North India and Kathakali from Southern India, as well as yoga, providing the audience with insights into local culture.
The Beijing Horticulture Expo, with a theme of "Live Green, Live Better," opened on April 29 to Oct. 7, in Yanqing district of Beijing, featuring a vast collection of herbs and flowers and a wide array of educational and interactive exhibits and cultural performances.