A ceremony to mark the 123 rd birthday of the late President Ho Chi Minh and honour those who excelled in following his moral examples took place in Ho Chi Minh City on May 19.

Addressing the event, standing Deputy Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Nguyen Van Dua affirmed that the entire Party organisation and people of Ho Chi Minh City are determined to strive harder to be worthy of the honour to be named after the beloved President.

The same day, the municipal leaders and locals offered incense to the late President at his museum in the city.

In honour of Uncle Ho, localities across the southern provinces of Dong Nai and Tay Ninh launched a tree planting festival to raise public awareness of environmental protection.

Dong Nai province planted over 700 hectares of forests and some 200,000 trees in public places last year.

This year, Tay Ninh province set the goal of planting 800 hectares of protective and special-purpose forests along the border area and 300,000 green trees in streets and residential areas.

Incense offering ceremonies in memory of President Ho were held in the southern provinces of Bac Lieu, Phu Yen and Ca Mau.

Various cultural, sport and artistic activities also got underway, while outstanding individuals in the campaign “Studying and following President Ho Chi Minh’s moral examples” were honoured on the occasion.

The Ca Mau locals have contributed money and working days to build 18 temples and places of worship dedicated to the late President, who was called the Old Father of the Nation.-VNA