Ceremonies held to mark President Ho Chi Minh’s 130th birthday in Laos, Thailand hinh anh 1At the ceremony in Laos (Photo: VOV)

Vientiane (VNA)
- Ceremonies marking the 130th birthday of President Ho Chi Minh were held in Laos and Thailand on May 19.

At a memorial site dedicated to the late President in Xieng Vang village in the Lao province of Khammouane, the local community of overseas Vietnamese brought traditional Vietnamese cakes to put on the altar to remember the late President.

They were joined by delegates from the Vietnamese Consulate General in Savannakhet, the Laos - Vietnam Friendship Society, and the Vietnamese Association in Khammouane.

Delegates recalled major milestones in President Ho’s revolutionary life and memories of him crossing the Mekong River from the Thai province of Nakhone Phanom to Xieng Vang to set up a revolutionary base.

They expressed gratitude to the late President, who dedicated his life to the struggle for national independence and freedom in the two countries.

On the same day in Vientiane, Vietnamese Ambassador to Laos Nguyen Ba Hung hosted an incense-offering ceremony for the late President.

In the northeastern Thai province of Udon Thani, Vietnamese Consul General in Khon Kaen Hoang Ngoc Son and 100 overseas Vietnamese offered incense to President Ho Chi Minh at the Ho Chi Minh relic site. The site, the first of its kind in Thailand, was opened in 2006.

Speaking at the event, Chairman of the Vietnamese Association in Udon Thani Luong Xuan Hoa said that after arriving in the province, the President built a revolutionary movement and opened classrooms for the Vietnamese community during the 1928-1929 period.

Udon Thani is home to the largest community of Thais of Vietnamese origin in Thailand, with about 60,000 people./.