Students of Hanoi University experience Easter in Czech and Poland culture
HaNU – In the afternoon of April 18, 2019, the delegation of the Czech Republic Embassy in Vietnam led by Mr. Lukas Musil – Deputy Ambassador had a meeting and exchange with students of Hanoi University. Dr. Pham Ngoc Thach – Vice President of the University, together with leaders of the International Office and Academic Affairs Department joined the delegation.
At the reception, Vice President Pham Ngoc Thach sent Easter greetings to the delegation and emphasized cultural exchange as an extremely necessary activity for students of Hanoi University. The Vice President said that through the cultural exchange on Easter, students not only cultivated knowledge but also better understand the country and people of Czech and Poland.
In response to Vice President Pham Ngoc Thach, Mr. Lukas Musil thanked the University Board for taking the time to join the event. According to Mr. Musil, Easter is one of the unique cultural features of the Czechs.
During this holiday, Czech Catholics have a tradition of giving each other chocolate-made Easter eggs, symbolizing proliferation and a new beginning. Besides, lovely chicks and baby rabbits are made of birch wood, porcelain is also decorated in the shape of houses by the people in the hope of bringing good luck and prosperity.
After the meeting, Mr. Lukas Musil and the delegation had a meeting with students of the Faculties: English, German, International Studies … Within the framework of the cultural exchange, students have the opportunity to experience the customs of the Czech and Polish people like Easter egg decoration, the introduction of “waterfall” or the traditional Easter cake, …
Sharing with students at Hanoi University, Mr. Musil said: “On the morning of Easter day, Czech men often use whips made from willow trees to lightly touch the feet of his mother, wife, daughter. This is a ceremony to pray for health and beauty for women which is very different from other countries in the world. This is also why it has become an indispensable culture for the Czechs ”.
At the end of the cultural exchange, students of Hanoi University have accumulated more useful knowledge about the culture and language of the two countries.
According to a student of the Department of English Studies: “This is the first time we have been able to draw and admire the Czech Easter eggs, they are very special with strange colours. Today’s programme has helped us to have more useful information about Czech culture, country and people. Hopefully, we will have more opportunities to experience that in the future ”.