City joyfully celebrates national holidays

To celebrate the Reunification Day and May Day, Ho Chi Minh City has hosted plentiful cultural activities and art performances during public holidays while hundreds of thousands of residents have flocked to entertainment areas in the city.

HCMC residents enjoy a firecracker show in Bach Dang Wharf area in District 1 April 30 (Photo: SGGP)

 On Friday early morning, thousands of people from districts were excitedly present at the downtown area to attend the ceremony celebrating the Victory of April 30, 1975, when Vietnam’s southern region was liberated and the country was reunified.

After the meeting, city residents participated in cultural and fine art programs held in the area and at the Youth Culture House, Labor Culture Palace, 23-9 Park and Sai Gon Zoo and Botanical Garden.

Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of visitors also flocked to Dam Sen Cultural Park, Suoi Tien, Ky Hoa tourist areas and other parks in the city to enjoy the holidays.

At night, the Vietnam’s leading tour operator Saigontourist Travel Services set off  15- minute firecracker shows in districts 1, 2, 9, 7, Hoc Mon, Binh Chanh, and Cu Chi, attracting tens of  thousands of viewers.

In addition, the city Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism hosted music programs to serve residents in districts of Can Gio, Cu Chi, Phu Nhuan, 9 and 12.

Tonight,  23-9 Park would hold a big music program titled Hanoi – Hue – Sai Gon while Hoa Binh Theatre would feature Dem Huyen Thoai (Legend night) organized by Sai Gon Giai Phong Newspaper. .

Hanoi on Friday night was also decorated with glistening colorful lights on roads leading to the city downtown and around Guom Lake, Ly Thai To Monument, Ba Kieu Temple, and other places.

Numerous residents flocked to places where the city authorities let off firecrackers and culture and music programs to mark the Reunification Day and welcome the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long – Hanoi.

By staff writers – Translated by Hai Mien

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