On September 20 night, National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (third from left) joined about 1,000 children in Hanoi at a programme to celebrate the Full-Moon Festival in Hoang Mai district. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) - President Tran Dai Quang has sent a letter of congratulations to Vietnamese children at home and abroad on the occasion of the traditional Mid-Autumn Festival, which falls on September 24.

In his letter, the President applauded efforts made by children to become good students at school and good children at home, especially those who won high prizes at national and international contests.

He called on children to continue following Uncle Ho’s teachings and contributing to building Vietnam into a strong and wealthy nation.

On September 20 night, National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan joined about 1,000 children in Hanoi at a programme to celebrate the Full-Moon Festival in Hoang Mai district.

The children, including many from welfare centres for children of disadvantaged circumstances in Hanoi, represent 1.8 million kids in the capital city.

In his opening remarks, Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Hoang Trung Hai hailed efforts of departments, agencies and localities in the city in organising full-moon activities, creating a healthy playground for children, particularly those in difficult circumstances.

The programme is also a meaningful present to local kids on the occasion of the new school year, the official said.

Hanoi leaders presented 16 scholarships, each worth 2 million VND (86 USD), and bicycles to disadvantaged children with outstanding academic performance, along with 1,000 gifts to the participating kids.

Held in the 15th of the eighth lunar month, the Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the most important and meaningful traditional festivals in Vietnam.-VNA