Almost 1,000 Vietnamese expatriates will return home for a programme entitled, “Xuan Que Huong” (Homeland Spring) that will be held on Jan. 28, 2011 at the world cultural heritage site of Thang Long Imperial Citadel.

At the press briefing in Hanoi on Jan.14, Nguyen Thanh Son, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Head of the National Committee for Overseas Vietnamese said this was not only an annual event for Overseas Vietnamese (OVs) to celebrate the Lunar New Year (Tet) festival but also a programme to welcome the 11 th National Party Congress’s success.

Under the programme , Party and State leaders, a representatives from the Buddhist Church of Vietnam, and OV representatives will attend an incense burning ceremony at the Kinh Thien palace to express their gratitude to the kings.

The art programme will be prepared particularly, gathering a great number of famous singers at home and abroad with items praising the nation and communicating a bustling atmosphere of people from all over the country to greet the New Year.

On this occasion, some short reports to affirm Vietnam ’s position in the international arena in the integration period will be also projected at the event.

According to the National Committee for Overseas Vietnamese, at present there are around 4 million Overseas Vietnamese living and working in more than 100 countries and territories worldwide./.