|Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (third from left front row) joined a ceremony to plant trees on the Dong Vang hill in Ha Noi's outlying district of Ba Vi to welcome the Lunar New Year. —VNA/VNS Photo Tri Dung
HA NOI — The General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV), Nguyen Phu Trong, symbolically rang in the Lunar New Year on Monday with a tree-planting ceremony in Ha Noi.
The event was held on the fourth day of the traditional Tet holiday in the outlying district of Ba Vi.
The ceremony also marked the 84th anniversary of the founding of the CPV, as well as the 45th anniversary of the day when late President Ho Chi Minh planted a banyan tree on Dong Vang Hill in the Vat Lai commune in 1969 to celebrate the first day of the Year of the Rooster.
That tree, which represented the beginning of a national planting campaign, has now become a cultural relic site.
Talking with local residents, Trong noted his pleasure that the district Party Committee and locals are still putting into action Ho Chi Minh's appeal for reforestation, which has since been developed into an annual national campaign.
As Viet Nam is on a general path towards industrialisation and modernisation — particularly in Ha Noi — the nurturing, protection and planting of trees is crucial, he said.
The acreage of forest land in Ba Vi District now accounts for 25 per cent of its total area and some 40 per cent of the city's total forest area. — VNS