Cultural and sports activities and competitions for families will be among the dozens of activities held in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City this week to celebrate National Family Day, June 28.

The second Family Festival is expected to attract more than 300 participants when it opens in the capital on June 25.

The five-day festival, organised by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Vietnam Culture and Arts Exhibition Centre, will feature joyful events like golden weddings for older people and others celebrating people’s longevity.

There will be flower-arrangement, cooking, and sporting competitions for families, and 100 photos on traditional Vietnamese customs, education, and wedding on display at the Giu Gin va Phat Huy Nhung Gia Tri Van Hoa Gia Dinh (Conserving and Promoting Family Cultural Values) exhibition, besides models of traditional Hanoi houses.

A fair with nearly 50 stalls will showcase products for family, education, and entertainment.

In HCM City , National Family Day celebrations will be organised in several places.

In district 7’s Canal Park , the Phu My Hung Corporation, the city chapter of the Vietnam Youth Federation, and Sai Gon Media Company will honour families working in the armed forces. During the event, scholarships will be awarded to outstanding students from military families.

A food festival, children’s games and activities like tent-making will be featured at this event, as well as workshops on love, marriage, and family life.

At the Opera House on June 21, a concert titled Vi Phu Nu Ngheo (For Disadvantaged Women) will honour mothers and sisters who help build beautiful things in life. Proceeds from the event will be used to help disadvantaged women.

Samsung Vietnam will observe the National Family Day by sponsoring postcards for customers who want to send them to loved ones on the occasion.

The Bong Sen (Lotus) hotel will mark the day with gifts of cakes and vouchers to families who dine at the Ganh buffet restaurant on June 27 and 28.

The National Family Day was initiated by the Population, Family and Child Committee in 2001 to honour and promote traditional Vietnamese family values./.