“Xuan Que huong” programme expected to become cultural, art highlight

by VNA01 February 2024 Last updated at 13:00 PM

“Xuan Que huong” (Homeland Spring), an annual programme for overseas Vietnamese (OVs) during the Lunar New Year (Tet) Festival, is expected to become a cultural and art highlight that will leave a strong impression on participants, said Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang.

“Xuan Que huong” (Homeland Spring), an annual programme for overseas Vietnamese (OVs) during the Lunar New Year (Tet) Festival, is expected to become a cultural and art highlight that will leave a strong impression on participants, said Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang.

This year's programme, jointly held by the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City, will take place from February 1-2 with diverse and meaningful activities.

OVs will have a chance to experience many activities, including a city tour and visits to some nearby localities, a seminar and a meeting with leaders of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee and the People’s Committee of HCM City.

Presient Vo Van Thuong and his spouse will join OVs and locals in HCM City to offer flowers in tribute to late President Ho Chi Minh and President Ton Duc Thang, and release carp fish on the day for Ong Cong, Ong Tao (Kitchen Gods) at Nha Rong Wharf.

At a gala night on February 2, President Vo Van Thuong will extend Tet greetings to the Vietnamese community all around the world and beat the drum to start a festive season.

The Deputy Minister said that currently, about 6 million Vietnamese people are living in 130 countries and territories, 80% of whom are in developed countries.

To date, all major policies related to OVs have been specified and turned into particular projects, including a project to organise a day to honour Vietnamese language abroad in the 2023-2030 period, and another to promote resources from OVs for national development in the new situation. Recently, the Land Law (revised) has been approved by the National Assembly with many regulations providing favourable conditions for OVs in land-related issues, Hang noted.

Along with the increasingly reinforced and completed Vietnamese associations and organisations abroad, support activities to OVs, especially those in areas suffering difficulties, natural disasters and war have been implemented in an active and timely manner.

Many activities have been held annually for the Vietnamese community abroad, including visits for OVs to Truong Sa and DK1 platform, Vietnam summer camp, and the “Xuan Que huong” programme.

The official said that this year, the OV affairs will continue to be strengthened in a more comprehensive manner, aiming to show the sentiment and responsibility of the Party and State towards the Vietnamese community abroad, and encourage and back OVs to head to the homeland.

This year, the OV affairs will be organised following two directions of fostering the great solidarity and making full use of resources from OVs, Hang said. She pointed out seven major solutions, including supporting OVs in enhancing legal status and settling down, attracting resources from OVs, promoting national cultural identity among the community, and proving more information to the community.

Hang highlighted a number of specific activities to attract and optimise the resources from OVs, including the organisation of a conference for OV across the globe, bringing OV delegations to localities at home, and completing mechanisms, policies and laws regarding OVs.

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