Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang and his wife joined a group of overseas Vietnamese to offer incense to the Hung Kings, popularly known as the nation’s founders, at the Hung Kings memorial area in District 9, Ho Chi Minh City on Sunday.
The tribute-paying event was organized as a part of the “Homeland Spring 2015” program, run annually for overseas Vietnamese (OVs) who return home to enjoy the nation’s traditional Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday, which will kick off on February 19.
The program, having “Glorious Fatherland” as its theme, was conducted on February 7 and 8 by the National Committee for Overseas Vietnamese under the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
More than 40 overseas Vietnamese people including those who are heads of Vietnamese pagodas in East Europe took part in the incense-offering ritual
After the ceremony, President Sang and his wife and the group of OVs arrived at the Ho Chi Minh Museum at Nha Rong Wharf in District 4 to pay tribute to late President Ho Chi Minh.
Later the same day, the State leader and OVs performed a carp-releasing ritual, a Tet custom, along the Tau Hu Canal in the city.
During the said activities, President Sang held intimate talks with many OVs.
This is the eighth consecutive year since 2008 that the National Committee for Overseas Vietnamese has organized the above program, and also the first time that the program has been organized in Ho Chi Minh City.
In Vietnam’s capital Hanoi and some neighboring provinces, similar “Homeland Spring 2015” programs are scheduled to take place on February 9, 10 and 11, the National Committee for Overseas Vietnamese said.