Vietnamese students football tourney held in Moscow

A football tournament for the Vietnamese students in the summer of 2011 wrapped up in Moscow on June 12. Vietnamese student football tournament opens in Moscow The event attracted 15 football teams from 40 universities that have Vietnamese alumni. The Bauman Moscow State Technical University won the trophy, the Moscow State Automobile and Road Technical University placed second and the Vietnamese Association of Fellow-Countryman Grup came in third. The tournament was held to commemorate Vietnam's important days such as the Southern Liberation Day (April 30), May Day, the 121st birthday of late President Ho Chi Minh (May 19) and 100 years since President Ho left the country to seek for ways to save the nation. … [Read more...]

Hue Traditional Crafts Festival opens

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The 2011 Hue Traditional Crafts Festival opened at the Ngo Mon Square in Hue City on April 30 to celebrate the Southern Liberation Day (April 30) and International May Day. Addressing the opening ceremony, Phan Trong Vinh, Chairman of the Hue municipal People's Committee, said the festival, under the theme of "Vietnamese Gastronomy in the Tranquility of Hue's gardens", aims to introduce cuisine and bonsai, both integral to Hue's identity. It is also a chance to honour artisans who are preserving the country's traditional crafts, particularly in Hue. Visitors to the festival can enjoy sophisticated dishes that were once served at the royal court as well as vegetarian fare from across the country in a traditional garden setting. There will be an exhibition of thousands of bonsai trees from all over Vietnam raised by talented bonsai artists and a seminar entitled "The Taste of Vietnamese Gastronomy and the Art of Bonsai". Children and couples at the event will also have … [Read more...]

OVs in Cambodia celebrate 36th anniversary of Southern Liberation Day

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The Overseas Vietnamese in Cambodia held a ceremony on April 29 to mark the 36th anniversary of Southern Liberation Day (April 30). Addressing the ceremony, Tran Van Toi, President of the Overseas Vietnamese in Phnom Penh, stressed the need to promote revolutionary tradition and the glorious spirit of Southern Liberation Day. He urged overseas Vietnamese in Cambodia to strengthen solidarity, friendship and mutual affection with Cambodian people and authorities, abide by the laws of their host country, preserve Vietnam's national identity, and integrate well in Cambodia. On behalf of the Vietnamese community in Cambodia, Mr Toi highlighted great efforts made by the Vietnamese Party and State in providing active and effective assistance to Vietnamese communities in foreign countries, including the Vietnamese association in Cambodia, especially in making the association a strong and united body. The event was attended by President of the Vietnamese Association in Cambodia Chau … [Read more...]

Tourists flock to central region

The number of tourists to the central region on the occasion of Southern Liberation Day (April 30) and May Day has increased remarkably against the previous years. In the coastal areas of Da Nang city, Cua Dai in Hoi An ancient town, Lang Co beach in Thua Thien Hue province, some hotels have been fully booked. Especially, nearly 6,000 visitors have registered for visiting Cu Lao Cham island, up four times compared to normal days. To meet the visitors' demand for accommodation and travel, Hoi An city's Department of Trade and Tourism in the central Quang Nam province have put more than 60 high-speed ferries and boats into operation. As the four-day long holiday coincides with the international fireworks festival, the number of visitors to Da Nang city is expected to increase by 20 percent from a year earlier, and five times compared to normal days. To ensure the quality of tourism services, local authorities have asked hotels to sell goods at the listed prices and … [Read more...]

Fireworks to light up City for Liberation Day

The HCM City People's Committee has announced fireworks displays will be organised at two spots to mark the 36th Southern Liberation Day on April 30. The fireworks will begin at Thu Thiem Ward in district 2 and Dam Sen Park in district 11 at 9pm and last 15 minutes. The display at Thu Thiem Ward will be broadcast live on HTV. … [Read more...]

Vietnamese students in Cuba celebrate Uncle Ho’s birthday

Vietnamese students have held a wide range of activities in Villa Clara and Matanzas provinces in Cuba to mark the 35th anniversary of Southern Liberation Day and the 120th birthday of President Ho Chi Minh. The Cuban Institute for Friendship with the People (ICAP) in coordination with the Vietnamese Embassy in Cuba and Las Villas University held a gala in Santa Clara City in May 13 with the participation of Vietnamese and Cuban students. During the three-hour gala, Vietnamese students introduced their national history of construction and defence and told about President Ho Chi Minh. They also performed traditional dances and folk songs that highlighted the Party and Uncle Ho. On the same day, Ambassador Vu Chi Cong accompanied embassy staff and representatives of Vietnamese offices in Cuba to attend a gathering at the Cuba-Vietnam friendship primary school to mark the 120 th birthday of President Ho Chi Minh and the 115 th death anniversary of Cuban hero Jose Marti. Mr Cong … [Read more...]

“Don’t burn” screened in Paris

"Don't burn!" - a film of director Dang Nhat Minh, was shown on May 1 at the Vietnam Culture Centre in Paris for a full room of nearly 100 viewers, who are both Vietnamese and French people. After the film, the audience had an opportunity to join in discussions with director Dang Nhat Minh. They expressed respect towards Dang Thuy Tram, the central character and also the army doctor who had dedicated her life to the country during the Vietnam war. The film made its first debut in France late last month during the Vietnamese film programme to celebrate the country's 35th anniversary of the Southern Liberation Day and national reunification. … [Read more...]

Grand meeting marks Southern Liberation Day

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The great victory in April 30, 1975 was considered one of the country's greatest and most brilliant historical events, completing the people's national democratic revolution and opening a new era of development for Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh City held a grand meeting on April 30 to mark the 35th anniversary of Southern Liberation and National Re-unification (April 30), and the 124th anniversary of May Day (May 1) and to receive the Gold Star Order from the State President. Present at the meeting were President Nguyen Minh Triet, Politburo member and Standing member of the Secretariat of the Party Central Committee, Truong Tan Sang, Politburo member and Deputy Prime Minister, Truong Vinh Trong, Party and State leaders, and revolutionary veterans along with international delegates from Russia, Laos, Cambodia and China. Speaking at the ceremony, Le Thanh Hai, Politburo member ad Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City's Party Committee, emphasised that the spring 1975 victory was the most … [Read more...]

Quang Ngai to hold requiem for Hoang Sa fleet

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A troop banquet ceremony honoring and commemorating the Hoang Sa fleet which patrols the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes in the Nguyen Dynasty was held on Ly Son island in the central province of Quang Ngai on April 28. A procession taking tablets of soldiers to the An Vinh communal house is organizes in the ceremony honoring and commemorating the Hoang Sa fleet. The event is an age-old cultural belief of the people on the island aiming to pay tribute to the ancient strong army of Paracel cum Spratly who devoted their life to the country. The program includes a procession taking tablets of soldiers to the An Vinh communal house, a requiem for these martyrs, and a release of flower lanterns on to the sea. There is also an inauguration ceremony of commemorative area including An Vinh Temple, Am Linh Tu Pagoda and Hoang Sa naval monument, exhibition hall which were built to honor and commemorate the Hoang Sa fleet. The activities aim to mark the 35th … [Read more...]

320 journalists to report Vietnam’s Southern Liberation Day

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Around 60 foreign correspondents from 15 countries and 260 domestic reporters will attend a ceremony to mark 35th anniversary of Vietnam's Southern Liberation Day (April 30). Tran Quang Dung, Head of Ho Chi Minh Municipal Department of External Affairs said that 28 international guests from 13 countries and 2 delegations from Laos and Cambodia have registered to participate in the opening ceremony. Le Thanh Hai, Secretary of the City Party Committee said that this year's celebration will be held at the national level. Therefore, he urged relevant organisations to cooperate and ensure the success of the ceremony. Source: VOV … [Read more...]

Quang Tri holds requiem for fallen soldiers

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More than10,000 tombs in the Truong Son national cemetery for fallen soldiers was lit by candles as part of the requiem on April 24. The event was held by the Quang Tri provincial Women's Union to mark the 35 th anniversary of Southern Liberation Day (April 30). Local leaders, together with 500 women, representing the Union attended the incense offering ceremony and a cultural programme in honouring the fallen soldiers. After that, monks from the provincial Buddhist Sangha organised ritual services for the dead. On April 25, local Women's Union representatives visited the Road No.9 national cemetery and laid wreaths at the Quang Tri ancient citadel and granted 300 presents to local Vietnamese heroic mothers and families of social beneficiaries. … [Read more...]

320 journalists to celebrate Vietnam’s Southern Liberation Day

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Around 60 foreign correspondents from 15 countries and 260 domestic reporters will attend a ceremony to mark 35th anniversary of Vietnam's Southern Liberation Day (April 30). Tran Quang Dung, Head of Ho Chi Minh Municipal Department of External Affairs said that 28 international guests from 13 countries and 2 delegations from Laos and Cambodia have registered to participate in the opening ceremony. Le Thanh Hai, Secretary of the City Party Committee said that this year's celebration will be held at the national level. Therefore, he urged relevant organisations to cooperate and ensure the success of the ceremony. … [Read more...]

Students hold football tourney in Moscow

Sixteen teams of Vietnamese students who are studying at more than 30 universities and colleges in Moscow entered the final round of a football tournament on April 24. The opening game saw the fierce competition between Cup defenders Moscow Energy Institute and their rivals Obolen. Vu Ngoc Minh, a Moscow Energy Institute student, said such a tournament is very useful as it helps connect all Vietnamese students at training institutions in Moscow together. "More importantly, we have the chance to meet and share experiences, and we hope more similar events will be held in the future," Minh said. Since its first debut in 1997, the tournament has been held annually by the Vietnam Students Association in Moscow to maintain physical exercises among Vietnamese students and promote exchanges between universities in the capital. After more than 10 years, the tournament has become an indispensable source of food for thought amongst Vietnamese nationals studying in Moscow. It has also … [Read more...]

Requiem for war martyrs on Truong Sa island

A requiem will be held on Truong Sa island district on April 28 to pay tribute to and honour soldiers who laid down their lives for national liberation and unification. The Khanh Hoa provincial Buddhist Sangha's Executive Council says it will hold the mass at 08.00 hrs as part of activities to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Truong Sa's Liberation Day (April 29) and Southern Liberation Day (April 30). The event will also mark the 55th anniversary of the Vietnam People's Navy. These activities are being carried out by the Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and relevant agencies from April 24-28. The programme includes presenting gifts to Truong Sa islanders, releasing flower lanterns on to the sea, holding a requiem for soldiers, inaugurating a pagoda on Truong Sa and running a televised broadcast linking Truong Sa and Hanoi. Overseas Vietnamese who have returned for Southern Liberation Day celebrations will also attend these … [Read more...]

Southern Liberation Day introduced in Egypt

The Vietnamese Embassy in Egypt held a press conference on April 22 to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the liberation of South Vietnam. The conference was attended by representatives from other embassies, Egyptian reporters and those interested in Vietnam. It began with a documentary illustrating the Vietnamese tanks smashing down the gate of the Presidential Palace and the Vietnamese flag flying high on the rooftop of the Saigon puppet regime's building on April 30, 1975, marking the success of the historic Ho Chi Minh campaign. Ambassador Pham Sy Tam highlighted Vietnam's achievements in different areas such as economics, politics, trade and tourism since the liberation. He affirmed that Vietnam always opens its doors to foreign businesses to invest in the country. This was also an occasion for foreign friends to learn more about Vietnam's historical victory as well as its open policy for investment and cooperation in all fields, said Tam. On the occasion, the embassy will … [Read more...]

Vietnam Airlines continues fare discounts to stimulate tourism

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The national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines has said the company will continue to offer discounted airfares for tour operators participating in its tourism stimulus programme. The round-trip ticket price for Ho Chi Minh City-Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City-Vinh, Hanoi-Can Tho or Hanoi-Buon Ma Thuot is VND1.8 million. Ho Chi Minh City-Da Nang-Hue round-trip ticket is only VND1.2 million. To qualify for the discounted price, a tour operator has to book tickets 15 days in advance for a group of at least 10 passengers. Discounted prices will not apply on excluded holidays, including the Hung Kings' death anniversary, the Southern Liberation Day (April 30) and May Day (May 1). … [Read more...]

Significant historical events in the year of the tiger

The tiger is also known as the god of the mountain and forest and the king of all kinds of animals. For Vietnamese people, the year of the tiger often comes with significant events in the nation's history. In 2010, along with the arrival of a new spring, we are entering a new year of the tiger that reminds us of unforgettable events in the nation's history. The year of tiger in 714, Mai Thuc Loan, also known as Mai Hac De (the Black Emperor), successfully led a heroic revolt against Chinese invaders, halting the domination of the Chinese Tang dynasty and bringing back national liberation. The year of tiger in 906, Khuc Thua Du led insurgent troops to struggle against the Chinese Tang aggressor and take over Dai La Citadel (now Hanoi) proclaiming himself Governor. On February 7, 906 (the 11 th day of the first lunar month), the Chinese Tang dynasty was overthrown, and the Vietnamese people ruled their own territory, successfully ending more than 1000 years of Chinese … [Read more...]

Vietnamese abroad welcome lunar New Year

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The Vietnamese embassies in France and Japan held ceremonies on February 10 to welcome the lunar New Year (the Year of the Tiger). In France, a gathering took place at the Vietnamese Embassy where Vietnamese expatriates recalled sweet memories of that homeland and enjoyed a warm atmosphere of family reunion. Phuong Lan, a Vietnamese residing in France, confided: "Every year, I attend the ceremony to celebrate the lunar New Year at the Vietnamese Embassy in France. Here I can feel a joyful atmosphere and enjoy Vietnamese traditional food. This is also a good opportunity for me to meet my friends and relatives." Speaking at the event, Vietnamese Ambassador Le Kinh Tai highlighted Vietnam's significant achievements in recent years and praised the remarkable contributions by the Vietnamese community in France to national construction and defence of their homeland. He revealed that the Overseas Vietnamese Association of France will hold a congress this year. He expressed his hope that … [Read more...]

Spring Newspaper Festival opens in Hanoi

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Media plays an increasingly important role in boosting the revolutionary cause of the Party and Vietnamese people, said National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong at the opening ceremony of the 2010 Spring Newspaper Festival in Hanoi on February 4. Mr Trong said Vietnam's press agencies have grown rapidly and made remarkable contributions to improving the people's political, cultural and spiritual lives. This reflects the promotion of democracy in the country. Under the theme "welcoming the national renewal, the Party's 80 th anniversary and the 1,000 th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi", the festival has drawn 66 press agencies with their publications displayed at 114 booths. Dinh The Huynh, Member of the Party Central Committee, Editor-in-chief of the Nhan Dan Newspaper and Chairman of the Vietnam Journalists' Association, said this year's Spring Newspaper Festival is taking place at a special time when the nation is celebrating many significant events, such as the 80 … [Read more...]