Vietnamese Ambassador to Spain Ngo Tien Dung (centre) speaks at the auction of photos on the ocassion of the 128th birth anniversary of late President Ho Chi Minh (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Many activities have been held by Vietnamese people in Spain, Germany and Mexico to mark the 128th birth anniversary of late President Ho Chi Minh (May 19, 1890).

On May 19, the Vietnamese Embassy in Spain exhibited and auctioned 20 artistic photos to raise funds for disadvantaged children in Vietnam. 

The event, organised in coordination with photographer Tran Viet Ha and jewellery and auction company DURAN, attracted 150 participants, including many foreigners and representatives of the diplomatic corps in Madrid.

Vietnamese Ambassador to Spain Ngo Tien Dung stressed the importance of the cultural diplomatic activity on the occasion of the 128th birthday of President Ho Chi Minh and the 41st founding anniversary of Vietnam-Spain diplomatic ties (May 23, 1977).

A sum of money equivalent to 100 million VND (nearly 4.400 USD) was collected from the auction of 15 photos. The other photos can be bought via the website of DURAN.

Later the same day, the embassy held a meeting with about 70 Spanish families adopting Vietnamese children. 

Nearly 2,000 families across Spain have adopted Vietnamese children over the past two decades. 

Also on May 19, the Association of Fellow Countrymen of Nghe An province in Germany organised a celebration of the 128th birth anniversary of President Ho Chi Minh at the Dong Xuan Centre in Berlin.

Nghe An, a province in central Vietnam, is the home province of Ho Chi Minh.

A singing performance at the celebration of President Ho Chi Minh's 128th birthday in Berlin (Photo: VNA)

In his speech, Chairman of the Association of Fellow Countrymen of Nghe An Tran Van Dung reviewed the life and career of the late leader, affirming the pride in and endless tribute to President Ho Chi Minh.

Meanwhile, Vietnamese Ambassador to Germany Doan Xuan Hung highlighted the leader’s enormous contributions to the fight for the independence of Vietnam and the struggle for peace, national independence, democracy and social progress around the world.

Earlier, the embassy staff and the Association of Nghe An Fellow Countrymen paid respect to Ho Chi Minh at the memorial site dedicated to the President in Moritzburg town, about 15km to the northwest of Dresden city. The memorial site, located in the campus of the previous Käthe-Kollwitz-Heim school, was set up shortly after Ho Chi Minh visited the school 61 years ago.

Meanwhile, Vietnamese people in Mexico paid tribute to the leader in front of his statue in Mexico City on May 19. The Vietnamese Embassy in Mexico also held a number of activities in May to celebrate the late President’s birthday and 43 years of the two countries’ diplomatic relations (May 19, 1975).

President Ho Chi Minh (1890-1969) was the founder of the Communist Party of Vietnam. He founded and led the Vietnamese revolution to victory with the establishment of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, now the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, in 1945.-VNA