Thousands of people flocked to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum today, September 2 to celebrate the National Day. The mausoleum is located at Ba Dinh Square where President Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence on September 2nd, 1945 proclaiming Vietnam’s independence and the foundation of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, now the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. From early this morning, lines of people coming from different parts of the country waited outside to visit the mausoleum. Long queue on Ngoc Ha Street at 1pm. Tran Thu Lien from the northwestern province of Hoa Binh said that this was the first time she visited the mausoleum. "I’ve come with some friends and we were all happy to be here," she said. Dang Thi Doan from Bac Tu Liem District said that her family visit the mausoleum on National Day every year. She said that they come to commemorate Uncle Ho on the anniversary of his death and also to … [Read more...] about Thousands of people visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum on National Day
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ANTANANARIVO — At least 16 people were crushed to death and dozens injured in Madagascar on Wednesday at a stadium hosting national independence day celebrations in the capital Antananarivo. The bodies of sixteen victims, including three children, were stored at the mortuary of HJRA hospital in the city. According to witnesses at the hospital, the accident occurred in the afternoon outside the Mahamasina stadium, where several thousand people had gathered for a concert following the traditional military parade held to mark the national holiday. At the end of a military parade, security forces opened the gates to allow spectators to leave the enclosure, causing the crowd to mass outside the stadium, witnesses said. The police then immediately closed the gates and blocked the crowd, witnesses said, causing a deadly pile up. "When the organisers opened the gate, we were in the front row, in the queue," said Jean Claude Etienne Rakotoarimanana, 29, who suffered bruises from the … [Read more...] about 16 dead in crush at Madagascar independence day rally
The United Nations Day of Vesak 2019 will be celebrated at the Tam Chuc Buddhism Culture Centre in Kim Bang district of northern Ha Nam province from May 12-14. Preparation work for the event is entering the final stage. Workers are working restlessly. The equipment for the main hall is being quickly installed. Thuy Dinh, where the ceremony takes place, is being completed. These are the efforts made by the Organizing Committee in the preparation for the 16th UN Day of Vesak. The main theme of Vesak this year is “Buddhist Approach to Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Sustainable Societies”. It will be the third time the UN’s commemoration of Vesak is held in Vietnam. Previously, it took place in Hanoi in 2008 and the northern province of Ninh Binh in 2014. The UN Vesak 2019 celebration is an important external event, contributing to improving the role of Vietnamese Buddhism in international integration and affirming Vietnam's position and … [Read more...] about Preparation for UN Day of Vesak 2019 in final stage
Illustration by Trịnh LậpViet Nam News by Mary Pecaut I first set foot in Việt Nam in 2014. As a US citizen embarrassed by my country’s policies during and following the American-Việt Nam War, I was uncertain about the welcome that awaited me. Because I spoke French and had family members living in Toronto, I prepared to answer that certain-to-be-asked question: Where are you from? By replying, Canada. I was pleasantly surprised to find that US citizens are very welcome in Việt Nam and that there was no need to hide my identity. Upon arrival, I started my quest to understand my new home country and her people. Usually when I arrive in a newly assigned country, I dive into the local culture through food, art and language. I soon discovered that the best window into Vietnamese culture was by understanding a unique Vietnamese national holiday. Tết Nguyên Đán, otherwise known as Tết, is the most important and popular … [Read more...] about Can a holiday explain a national identity?
Viet Nam News The year 2018, the Year of Zayed, is viewed as a year of achievements, initiatives, events and programmes that celebrate the personality of the great leader, Sheikh Zayed. The year highlights his life and career and promotes his noble human values. Ambassador Obaid Saeed Obaid Al Dhaheri talks to Minh Thu about the country’s achievements. First of all, would you please provide an update on the development of the UAE after 47 years of the union? This year was a special one for the UAE in marking the 100th birthday of its founder, the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who was committed to building a sustainable future for generations to come and laid the foundations for the vibrant, diverse and cosmopolitan society that the UAE remains today. We also celebrated our 47th National Day on December 2. Nowadays, the UAE is widely known as a diverse and knowledge-based economy, economic growth remains stable despite the faltering global economy, and it is one of … [Read more...] about UAE Ambassador celebrates Year of Zayed