OVs join Homeland Spring 2015 (Source: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – The annual “Xuan Que huong” (Homeland Spring) programme, a run-up to the Lunar New Year festival, will take place in Hanoi on January 31 with various cultural activities for overseas Vietnamese (OVs).

Co-hosted by the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs, the Foreign Ministry and the municipal People’s Committee, the programme will feature a flower festival at the ancient Thang Long royal citadel, a tour of Hanoi craft villages, an incense offering and carp release ceremony in traditional rituals.

A highlight of the event is a televised music show on the night of the same day, during which President Truong Tan Sang will extend New Year wishes to the OVs.

Overseas Vietnamese wishing to participate in the programme are invited to register at No. 22 Ba Trieu Street, Hanoi; via telephone at (84-4)38244400; via fax at (84-4)38259211; via e-mail at xuanquehuong2016@gmail.com.

Registration can also be made at Vietnamese representative agencies abroad, Departments for External Affairs of all provinces and cities, the Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs in Ho Chi Minh City and the OV liaison committee.

There are approximately 4.5 million Vietnamese living and working in 103 countries and territories. They form an indispensable part of the nation and play an important role in intensifying cooperation and friendship between Vietnam and the rest of the world.-VNA