HÀ NỘI — Party and State leaders and citizens nationwide on Wednesday commemorated the death anniversary of the Hùng Kings.
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Some families coming from far away brought sedge mats and camped outside the temple since Tuesday night, waiting for the worshipping ceremony.
Vietnamese citizens celebrate the death anniversary of the Hung Kings (2879-258 BCE) on the 10th day of the third lunar month each year. This year, the day falls on Wednesday, April 21 on the Gregorian calendar.
A family brings chicken and sticky rice as offerings.
The festival was recognized by UNESCO in 2012 as an “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity”.
At 7 a.m, the incense offering ceremony began with a procession heading to the Thuong (Upper) Temple on the Nghia Linh Mountain. The participants, dressed in traditional attire, climbed up 300 steps, taking about half an hour to reach the t emple.
As a Covid -19 precaution, authorities cut out some ceremonies and numerous entertainment activities at this year’s festival.
The police had set up barricades on either side of the road leading to the temple to keep the crowds at bay. On loudspeakers, they called on pilgrims to comply with Covid -19 prevention measures.
The festival took place even as neighboring Cambodia and nearby Southeast Asian countries like Thailand and the Philippines are battling their biggest outbreaks yet, with highly infectious Covid -19 variants.
At 8 a.m. the crowd started flocking to the temple, prompting police and military forces to quickly divide them and prevent the situation from turning chaotic.
Some people carried children on their shoulders as they waited.
According to the management board of the Hung Kings Temple, more than 20,000 people attended this year’s festival.
The foreign workers come from over 110 countries and territories globally, with most hailing from China, the Republic of Korea, Japan, and Taiwan.
They typically work as managers, accounting for 12% of the total, managing directors, making up 8%, and experts, accounting for 58%, along with various other professions.
The majority work in major localities, such as Ho Chi Minh City (over 27,000), Long An (more than 5,600), Bac Giang (over 4,600) and Hanoi (more than 4,400).
It is anticipated that an increasing number of foreign citizens will be keen to return to work in Vietnam following the country’s successfully control of a number of coronavirus outbreaks.
The impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic has led to continued labour shortages, especially in positions such as managers and experts, for many local businesses. Indeed, this factor is expected to badly affect the working progress and schedule of a number of key domestic projects.
Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh held phone talks with his Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday, the Vietnam Government Portal reported.
During the conversation, PM Lee offered his congratulations to the newly-elected Vietnamese government leader and praised Vietnam’s successful organization of the 13th National Party Congress, effective management of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as socio-economic development and foreign affairs.
The premier affirmed that Singapore gives high priority to fostering relations with Vietnam.
PM Chinh thanked PM Lee for his congratulatory message and expressed his wish to work closely with the Singaporean leader to further strengthen the Vietnam-Singapore strategic partnership across all fields.
The two premiers rejoiced at the positive developments in bilateral cooperation despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2020 and the first quarter of 2021, Singapore was the largest foreign investor in Vietnam, while the Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park (VSIP) model is operating very effectively, becoming a symbol for the success in economic collaboration between the two countries.
The leaders agreed to enhance cooperation in such fields as finance, information technology, agro-fisheries, education and training, infrastructure, clean energy, smart city development, digital economy and digitization, economic management, and human resource training.
Both sides will also boost coordination in response to the COVID-19 epidemic, facilitate the repatriation of citizens, and promote the negotiation on travel regulations between the two countries to enhance trade, investment, and tourism cooperation.
PM Chinh applauded the close and effective cooperation between both sides at regional and international forums.
He thanked Singapore for having supported Vietnam during its ASEAN chairmanship in 2020, asking the city-state to continue backing Vietnam in fulfilling its role as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council in 2021.
The Vietnamese PM took the occasion to invite his Singaporean counterpart to visit Vietnam at an appropriate time.
PM Lee also expressed his wish to welcome PM Chinh on a visit to Singapore in the near future.
HÀ NỘI — Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien-Loong on Tuesday said his country gives high priority to relations with Việt Nam, during phone discussions with his Vietnamese counterpart Phạm Minh Chính.
Calling Chính to congratulate him over his election as Prime Minister of Việt Nam, Lee also appreciated Việt Nam’s success in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and in socio-economic development as well as external relations.
In reply, Chính said he hoped to work closely with the Singaporean PM to further promote the strategic partnership between the two countries across all fields.
The two government leaders rejoiced at the positive developments in bilateral cooperation despite difficulties brought by COVID-19. They noted that Singapore was the biggest investor in Việt Nam in 2020 and the first quarter of 2021.
They agreed to bolster joint work in fields of the countries’ potential and strength, such as finance, information technology, agro-fisheries, education-training, and infrastructure, while seeking to expand cooperation in areas related to the Fourth Industrial Revolution such as clean energy, smart city, innovation, digital economy, as well as the sharing of experience in management, economic development, and human resources training.
The two sides agreed to boost cooperation in responding to COVID-19 and facilitating the repatriation of each other’s citizens, and accelerate negotiations on travel preferential regulations between the two countries toward resuming safe commercial flights that suit the situation in each country and in the region to promote bilateral trade, investment and tourism ties.
Chính appreciated the close and effective cooperation between Việt Nam and Singapore at regional and international forums, and thanked Singapore for supporting Việt Nam as Chair of ASEAN in 2020. He asked Singapore to continue backing Việt Nam in its role as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the remainder of 2021.
The two PMs affirmed their resolve to make active contributions to building a strong, united and resilient ASEAN Community with a central role and common voice in regional and international peace and security issues.
Chính invited the Singaporean PM to visit Việt Nam at a suitable time. Lee accepted the invitation and expressed his wish to welcome the Vietnamese PM to Singapore. — VNS