Hanoi becomes greener in lunar New Year hinh anh 1Illustrative image (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Hanoi authorities launched the tree-planting festival 2016 at the site of Ly Thai To statue on February 12.

The event, annually held at the outset of the lunar New Year, is a tradition initiated by the late President Ho Chi Minh in 1960.

The tradition, eagerly joined by different localities across the capital city, has contributed significantly to protecting the environment and addressing climate-change impacts, Hoang Cong Khoi, Secretary of Hoan Kiem district’s Party Committee, said in his speech.

Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee Hoang Trung Hai, former Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Pham Quang Nghi, Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung and residents of Hoan Kiem district attended the festival.-VNA