Published on : Monday, May 9, 2016
Thousands of enthusiastic foreigners from all over the USA and other countries visited Bangabandhu auditorium of Bangladesh Embassy building in Washington DC on Saturday marking the day-long “Open House” programme.
Bangladesh Embassy in collaboration with Cultural Tourism DC, a Washington-based nonprofit organization, for the ninth consecutive year organized the programme aimed at showcasing cultural diversity through holding of such events in liaison with the foreign embassies in Washington DC.
The US Department of State proclaimed the event as International Cultural Awareness Month in honour of Cultural Tourism DC’s “Passport DC” in May.
As many as 50 embassies from Africa, Asia, Oceania, the Middle East, and the Americas participated in the programme with artists and artisans, performers, lecturers, teachers, and others provide a range of educational and cultural programmes.
Participants experienced food, art, dance, fashion, and music of different countries. The visitors also enjoyed traditional Bangladeshi cuisine.
Bangladesh Ambassador to the USA Mohammad Ziauddin and all officers of the embassy welcomed the guests.
The ‘Open House’ programme included display of Bangladesh’s handicrafts, tourism destinations, historical places and cultural programme.
The Bangladesh Embassy availed the opportunity of exhibiting Bangladesh’s rich culture and heritage as well as Bangladesh’s contribution to peacekeeping missions under the United Nations.
Local artistes performed folk songs and dances. The visitors took keen interest in the display of a three wheeler ‘Rickshaw’, a popular mode of transport in Bangladesh while youngsters in henna demonstration.
More than three thousand visitors visited the Embassy at the Open House programme from 10 am to 4pm, the release added.