17.02.2014 - UNESCO Office in Hanoi

President Truong Tan Sang and ethnic minority groups exchange New Year wishes as part of TET celebrations

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Ha Noi, 15 February 2014 – This Saturday, UNESCO joined the intimate ceremony gathering representatives from Viet Nam’s 54 ethnic minority groups, Vice Minister Ho Anh Tuan, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and different Associations of Overseas Vietnamese.

‘Cultural identity acts as a the spiritual foundation and motivation for national development, which has helped Viet Nam overcome difficulties in the past’, noted President Truong Tan Sang before the wishes and gifts exchange at the Culture-Tourism Village of Vietnamese Ethnic Groups in Dong Mo on the outskirts of Ha Noi.

UNESCO joined the event organized by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism where representatives from the different minority groups expressed their wishes of health and prosperity to President Sang who later expressed his hope that the ethnic community will continue to uphold their heroic traditions to strengthen national unity. A representative from Overseas Vietnamese living in Canada expressed his excitement about the event and the joy overseas Vietnamese feel about coming back to Viet Nam.

The wishes and gifts exchange was followed by a worship celebration to pray for peace, timely rains and favourable weather conditions by the Lo Lo ethnic group in Meo Vac district, Ha Giang province, including dancing and planting a tree.

The event is part of the spring festival, and seeks to bring together the ethnic minority groups and showcase the best of Vietnamese culture.




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