|HCM City inaugurated a 7.2m-high bronze statue of President Ho Chi Minh yesterday ahead of the late leader's 125th birthday tomorrow. — VNA/VNS Photo Tri Dung
HCM CITY (VNS) — The city named after President Ho Chi Minh inaugurated a 7.2m-high bronze statue of him yesterday, ahead of the late leader's 125th birthday tomorrow.
Le Thanh Hai, secretary of the HCM City Party Committee, said builders started the statue in 2011, working wholeheartedly and illustrating local people's profound sentiment towards the late president.
The statue stands in front of the municipal People's Council and Committee – a convenient place for local and foreign visitors to visit and pay respect, Hai said.
Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong lauded the city's success in constructing and unveiling the monument on the occasion of the late leader's birthday and the 40th anniversary of southern Viet Nam's liberation.
He noted that Uncle Ho always paid special affection to the southern region, including Saigon. He also called on the city to continue driving economic growth in the south and the country as a whole. It should strive to become a finance, economics and technology hub in Southeast Asia with dedicated, effective leaders.
Le Hoi Lang Sen (Sen Village Festival 2015) opened on Saturday at HCM Square in President Ho Chi Minh's home province of Nghe An in the central region to mark his 125th birthday.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Provincial People's Committee Vice Chairman Dinh Thi LeThanh said the festival, held every five years to express admiration and gratitude towards the national hero,has become a much-anticipated event not just for local people, but also people from across the country and international friends.
The festival also offers an opportunity for Nghe An to show off its beautiful landscapes and friendly local people.
The event, comprising a wide range of cultural and sports events, attracted 35 local and foreign art troupes. A Nghe Tinh Vi Giam folk singing group will perform. The art was recognised last year by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity.
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the provincial People's Committee organised the festival. — VNS