The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Beijing won the Best Traditional Dress Award at the 2019 Yoofu International Children’s Culture Festival Competition organized by the Yoofu International Culture Education and UNCLESAM Education Group in Beijing recently.
Ten Diplomatic Missions including India, Pakistan, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Fiji, Cuba, and top five schools in Beijing participated in the event which attracted wide media coverage in China. Of the three awards presented at the event other two awards for the best activity and the best booth decoration were won by Embassies of Ukraine and Cuba respectively.
The main objective of the event was to provide an opportunity for the children to have cultural exchanges, in making new foreign friends and understanding other cultures. Each diplomatic mission was represented by a team of children aged from 7-12 years and they engaged in activities at the event while representing their own culture. The Sri Lanka team consisted of children of the staff of the Sri Lanka Embassy in Beijing and they engaged in activities including Sri Lanka booth preparation, teaching to prepare a mask resembling a head of an elephant, a traditional costume competition, instrumental play under the performance category and facing media interviews and describing Sri Lankan culture to the visitors.