Activities mark President Ho Chi Minh’s 128th birthday abroad hinh anh 1Vietnamese Ambassador to Laos Nguyen Ba Hung offer incense to late President Ho Chi Minh (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA)
- A series of activities held by Vietnamese communities in many countries across the world to celebrate the 128th birthday of late President Ho Chi Minh (May 19).

The Vietnamese Embassy in Laos, the Vietnamese Association in Vientiane, the Vietnam Business Association in collaboration with Thailand’s Udonthani provincial authorities organised an incense offering to the late leader at his memorial site in Udonthani, where President Ho Chi Minh, with alias "Thau Chin", worked and built a revolutionary base in 1928- 1929.

Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyen Ba Hung recalled great contributions made by President Ho Chi Minh to the national independence and freedom, and happiness of the people. 

Governor of Udonthani province Wathana Phutthichat expressed his honour to attend the event, affirming that the memorial site is not only to commemorate President Ho Chi Minh, but also helps enhance the friendship between Vietnam and Thailand.

In Cuba, the Vietnamese Embassy and the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) laid flowers in tribute to President Ho Chi Minh at his monument in Havana capital on the same day.

ICAP President and Fernando Gonzalez Llort, and head of the Cuban National Assembly’s External Relations Commission and President of the Cuba-Vietnam Friendship Association Yolanda Ferrer attended the event.

Also on the occasion, the Vietnamese Consulate General in Hong Kong, China, held a tour of relic sites related to activities of President Ho Chi Minh when he was staying in Hong Kong.

Staff members of the Consulate General, representatives from other Vietnamese offices and overseas Vietnamese in Hong Kong participated in this meaningful activity.

Vietnamese Consul General Tran Thanh Huan said he hopes through the activity, participants have an opportunity to learn more about the life and revolutionary career of President Ho Chi Minh when he was in Hong Kong.

Meanwhile in Japan, authorities of Mimasaka city, Okayama prefecture, in collaboration with the Vietnamese Consulate General in Osaka hosted a ceremony to mark the 128th birthday of President Ho Chi Minh.

The event saw the participation of representatives from the Japan-Vietnam Friendship Association, and the Japan-Vietnam Exchange Association in Osaka and Mimasaka, the Vietnamese Business Association in Japan, and the Vietnamese Associations in Kansai region and Kobe city, along with crowds of overseas Vietnamese  in the country and Japanese friends.

Speaking at the ceremony, Mayor of Mimasaka city Hagiwara Seiji highlighted President Ho Chi Minh’s contributions to peace and democracy in the world.

Mimasaka is honored to be the first city in Japan to place a statue of President Ho Chi Minh and celebrate his birthday, he said.

He hoped the relationship between Mimasaka and Vietnam in particular, and between Japan and Vietnam will be stronger in the coming time.

An art performance and a photo exhibition on the land and people of Vietnam were also included in the programme.

Also the same day, staff from the Vietnamese Embassy, Vietnamese agencies, Vietnamese people and students living, working and studying in the UK gathered for a ceremony to mark the late leader’s birth anniversary.

The ceremony took place New Zealand Building, which was built on the foundation of the famous Carlton Hotel in the centre of London, where President Ho Chi Minh worked during his stay in the UK from 1913-1917.

In his speech at the event, Vietnamese Ambassador Tran Ngoc An expressed his respect for and gratitude to President Ho Chi Minh.

Chairman of the Vietnamese Association in the UK Vuong Manh Hung and Chairman of the Vietnamese Students’ Association Ngo Nam Son expressed their emotion when attending the ceremony.

Similar events were also organised in Pretoria, South Africa, and Maputo, Mozambique.

Addressing the ceremony, Vietnamese Ambassador to South Africa Vu Van Dung highlighted President Ho Chi Minh’s life and revolutionary career as well as his ethics, saying that the thought, morality, personality and teachings of President Ho Chi Minh is the light for the nation.

Vietnamese Ambassador to Mozambique Le Huy Hoang pointed out the major milestones in President Ho Chi Minh's revolutionary career and his contributions to the nation as well as to the national liberation cause in Africa and in the world.-VNA