planned for poet’s birthday
The 240th birthday
celebrations of Nguyen Du, Viet Nam’s great writer, will be held throughout
the country, including his native land in central Ha Tinh Province, on December
According to Ha Van Thach,
deputy chairman of the Ha Tinh People’s Committee, a library named after
Nguyen Du will be thrown open to public in Cam Xuyen Commune, Duc Tho District,
as part of celebrations.
The library will have
1,500 book titles, including 500 copies of Nguyen Du’s Kieu Story,
published during various periods, from about 200 years ago.
Documents and personal
memorabilia of Nguyen Du will be displayed at his native village of Tien Dien in
Nghi Xuan District, Thach said.
Other activities planned
include a recital of Nguyen Du’s poems and folk songs of Nghe An, Ha Tinh,
Thua Thien-Hue, Quang Nam, Bac Ninh, Thai Binh, western and southern regions,
the deputy chairman said. A grand ceremony will be held on December 3 at Ha Tinh’s
central region culture centre.
Meanwhile, the capital
city has planned a Nguyen Du poem day, a seminar on research, preservation and
developing Nguyen Du’s valuable cultural heritage and the Nguyen lineage in
Nguyen Tri Nguyen, deputy
director of the Institute for Culture and Information, said thousands of pages
have been written on Nguyen Du and his Kieu poems since the world celebrated
Nguyen Du’s 200th birthday in 1965.
Around 60 papers,
especially one by a South Korean scholar Ahn Kyong-hwan, who translated Kieu
into Korean language, will be presented at the seminar, Nguyen said .
The seminar will review
the writer’s literary contributions, influence on the national culture, and
Nguyen Du scholarship.
The Government has
approved a proposal by the Ministry of Culture and Information and Ha Tinh
People’s Committee to build a Nguyen Du culture and tourism site in Tien Dien
Commune. — VNS