The Indian Embassy in Vientiane on Jan 26 celebrated the 72nd anniversary of Republic Day of India in the participation of Minister of Energy and Mines Khammany Inthilath, Minister of Education and Sports Sengdeuan Lachanthaboun and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Thongsavan Phomvihane. President of the Lao-India Friendship Association Bountiem Phisamay and diplomatic crops as well as members of Indian community in Vientiane were also present at the celebration.
India celebrates 26th January every year as Republic Day (the Constitution of India came into force on 26th January 1950, after India became an independent country on 15 August 1947). Subsequently, India started establishing diplomatic relations with countries across the world.
In contemporary times, the role played by India as Chairman of the International Commission for Supervision and Control on Indo-China has also reinforced ties.
To mark the 72nd Republic Day, in the morning of 26th January 2021, a Flag Hoisting Ceremony was held at the Embassy of India premises which were attended by more than 150 Indian nationals, Persons of Indian Origin, Lao nationals and some other foreign nationals.
Ambassador of India Dinkar Asthana read the address of the President of India to the nation which was followed by a dance performance from students of Australia International School, Vientiane. Indian snacks were served to the guests.
The event ended with the guests enjoying a traditional Indian breakfast of Puri (deep fried bread made of wheat flour), Subzi (Curry Potato made with Indian spices) and Halwa (a sweet dish made with Semolina roasted in butter).
In the evening, a reception was held at the Embassy of India premises. The Chief Guests were Minister of Energy and Mines Khammany Inthirath, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Thongsavanh Phomvihane, and diplomatic crops as well as members of Indian community in Vientiane.
The Ambassador of India along with the VIP guests lighted the traditional Indian lamp, followed by playing of the national anthems of the Lao PDR and India.
The ambassador in his remarks emphasized the importance of Republic Day and spoke about the strong historical and cultural linkages of the Lao PDR and India. After this, there were two dance performances by students of the National School of Performing Arts, Vientiane and a flute recital by an Indian national.
The celebrations culminated with the serving of Indian dinner to the invited guests. A documentary film on Buddhism entitled “The Way of the Budda” was screened during the dinner time.
India and the Lao PDR established diplomatic relations on 2nd February 1956 and the two countries mark the 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations this year. The close friendly and mutually supportive relations between India and the Lao PDR go back long into history and are based upon deep cultural, religious and people-to-people linkages, as ancient civilisations. Wat Lao (monastery) of the Lao PDR in Bodha Gaya (Buddhagaya) in India was established in 2011, not far from the Mahabodhi Temple, where Buddha had attained enlightenment.
Source: Lao News Agency