Pink lotus leads vote for Vietnam’s national flower

Tuesday, 2011-06-14 17:21:00
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Nhan Dan Online – The pink lotus continued to be the most popular choice for Vietnam’s national flower with over 70% of the votes in the referendum held in Ho Chi Minh City from June 9-12.

The same referenda held in Hanoi and Da Nang city showed that the lotus is now the top candidate for the title with 81.3% and 97% of votes, respectively, followed by the apricot flower and beach blossom.

“The overwhelming victory of the pink lotus comes as no surprise,” said Nguyen Trung Nhat, Deputy Head of the Department of Fine Arts, Photography and Exhibition.

According to Head of the Vietnam Fine Arts Association, Tran Khanh Chuong, Vietnamese people have always considered the pink lotus their national flower. The lotus exists in many aspects in Vietnamese cultural, spiritual and everyday life, and is a favourite inspiration for poetry, music and painting. It is also a symbol of national unity and the characteristics of the Vietnamese people.

Pham Sanh Chau, former Director-General of the Department of Cultural Diplomacy and UNESCO Affairs, said that if it is named the national flower, the pink lotus will become a bridge connecting and advertising Vietnamese culture to other countries around the world.

The lotus deserves the title because the flower contains both the vitality of masculinity and the subtlety and charm of femininity, said journalist Ialu Kola from Belgium.

The voting drew the attention of the public, experts and cultural diplomats as well as international friends. Based on the results of the three referenda, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism will recommend that the Government officially proclaim the pink lotus to be the ‘National Flower of Vietnam.’

Once the winner is announced, the national flower will be used to promote cultural diplomacy to Vietnamese people and international friends through the mass media art programmes and various other activities.