Hanoi to host second Bulgarian rose festival
Visitors to the Bulgarian rose festival in 2017 (Photo: VNA)
A Bulgarian rose
festival – the second of its kind – will kick off next week in Hanoi’s Water Park near
the West Lake, organisers have said.
‘Bulgaria Rose Festival with Friends 2018’ will
be held from March 8-11 by the Embassy of Bulgaria in Vietnam and the
Agricultural Genetics Institute (AGI) under the Ministry of Agriculture
Rural Development to celebrate the National Day of Bulgaria (March 3),
and the 68th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic
relations between the two countries.
Activities planned for the event include an
exhibition of rose trees featuring different varieties of roses, cultural and
art performances including traditional street festivals and customary
performances of both Vietnam and Bulgaria, a parade of roses, music and food
There will also be Queen of Rose beauty
contest, a contest for the most beautiful rose, rose dancing, an atmosphere of
nostalgia for Bulgaria for those who have worked, studied and lived
in the country, street music and magic performances.
Professor Pham Xuan Hoi, director of AGI, said that a collection of more than
1,000 Bulgarian roses trees had been imported to Vietnam and are being
preserved at AGI in preparation for the event.
The festival will also attract the
participation of Vietnamese rose gardens’ owners and rose trading companies to
exhibit their products such as those from Xuan Quan garden in the northern
province of Hung Yen, the Rose Park Company, the Grin House, the Ho
Tay (West Lake) flower valley and Thang Long bonsai group, according to the
Hoi said displayed rose flowers and trees
would especially include many Vietnamese varieties which have been grown for
dozens of years.
He said that visitors would have the chance
to admire the blossoms of a 200 year-old rose tree at the centre of the
Roses displayed at the festival would be
decorated or used to modify artistic works such as houses or European-style gardens, the organisers said.
Bulgaria has been famous for rose
festivals in the Rose Valley for centuries. Since 1903, this
traditional festival has been held on the first Sunday of June and attracted
millions of tourists from all over the world. In 1971, it became a national
The organisers said this rose festival would be
an improvement over last year, when visitors complained that the number of
roses had not met their expectations.
They said the participation of Vietnamese
rose gardens’ owners and rose trading companies to exhibit their products is
one of the improvements.
Last year, opinions were divided on the
quality of the festival. Some people expressed their disappointment on its
opening day, as they had expected something grander.
Many viewers said that instead of admiring a
lot of roses from Bulgaria, they saw many fake roses.-VNA