An art performance at the Sen Village Festival 2018 (Photo: VNA)

Nghe An (VNA) – Various activities were held nationwide to mark the 128th birth anniversary of President Ho Chi Minh who devoted his whole life for Vietnam’s struggle for national liberation and national reunification.

In the late leader’s hometown at Sen village, Kim Lien commune, Nam Dan district of the central province of Nghe An, the “Le hoi Lang Sen” (Sen Village Festival) took place from May 16-19 to express the local people’s love and respect for the leader.

The festival, which is held every year on the occasion of the President’s birthday, included diverse activities such as the screening of documentary films and a photo exhibition on the President, and a singing contest involving 600 artists.

Meanwhile at the Nha Rong port in Ho Chi Minh City, where Ho Chi Minh boarded a ship to begin his journey to seek a way to savage the country in 1911, an exhibition was held, showcasing nearly 200 photos and documents highlighting President Ho Chi Minh’s role in patriotic emulation movements.

The President issued an appeal on patriotic emulation on June 11, 1948, starting long-term and large-scale emulation drives across the fields in the cause of national construction and defence.

It gave visitors an insight of the current patriotic emulation campaigns in association with the campaign to study and follow President Ho Chi Minh’s moral example.

The exhibition also introduced Ho Chi Minh City’s achievements and outstanding figures throughout patriotic emulation movements.

Also on May 19, nearly 13,000 people paid tribute to the late President at Duc Thanh school historical relic site at Ho Chi Minh Museum in the south central province of Binh Thuan. President Ho Chi Minh, known as Nguyen Tat Thanh then, spent about one year teaching at Duc Thanh school from 1910 to early 1911.

More than 120 photos and items were displayed at the museum to highlight the Ho Chi Minh ideology on revolutionary ethics along with exemplary models in the campaign on studying and following the late leader’s moral example.

At the same time, in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue, an exhibition of 50 posters on patriotic emulation campaigns was open to visitors in Hue city. The posters were chosen from 492 works of 204 painters across the country sent to a contest on the occasion of the 70-year of President Ho Chi Minh’s call for patriotic emulation in 1948.

President Ho Chi Minh (1890-1969), was the founder of the Communist Party of Vietnam. He laid the foundation and led the Vietnamese revolution to victory in the 20th century with the establishment of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam in 1945.-VNA