|President Trần Đại Quang, together with the First Lady and overseas Vietnamese delegates, release carp fish at the Nhà Rồng wharf to celebrate the traditional Kitchen God Day ahead of the Lunar New Year. — VNA/VNS Photo Nhan Sáng|Viet Nam News
HCM CITY — President Trần Đại Quang praised the contributions of overseas Vietnamese towards the country’s achievements at a meeting yesterday with 50 overseas Vietnamese delegates.
The delegates represent 4.5 million Vietnamese living across the world at the 2017 Xuân Quê Hương (Homeland Spring) event in HCM City.
The President appreciated the Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs and the HCM City People’s Committee for organising the Xuân Quê Hương programme and the many activities to welcome the overseas Vietnamese back home for the traditional Lunar New Year.
He affirmed that the Party and State consider overseas Vietnamese an inseparable part of the Vietnamese nation and will always welcome them back to their home country to engage in national development.
The delegates said Vietnamese living abroad always think of the homeland and strive to preserve national culture via, for instance, opening classes to teach the Vietnamese language. They have also actively worked to mobilise resources to contribute to the homeland’s construction.
The same day, Quang and the delegates offered incense to the Hùng Kings, the nation’s founders, at the Hùng Kings memorial site in the National Historic-Cultural Park, and to President Hồ Chí Minh, the national liberation hero, at the Hồ Chí Minh Museum in HCM City.
The President and the delegates also released carps at the Bến Nhà Rồng wharf in observing the traditional Kitchen God Day ahead of the Lunar New Year. — VNS