“Homeland Season 8 to Launch in Spring of 2014”

Annually, the “Homeland Spring” programme is held during the “Ong Cong - Ong Tao” (Land Genie and Kitchen Gods) worshipping ceremony on December 23 of the lunar calendar to welcome overseas Vietnamese from 103 countries and territories in the world who return to Vietnam to enjoy Tet, a traditional festival of the nation.

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The “Homeland Spring 2014” programme entitled “Lac Hong Vinh Hien” (Success of the Vietnamese) took place at the Thang Long Imperial Citadel with the participation of State President Truong Tan Sang, approximately 2,000 overseas Vietnamese, and people from Hanoi.



State President Truong Tan Sang meets with overseas Vietnamese who returned to Vietnam to attend the “Homeland Spring 2014”.


On the “Ong Cong – Ong Tao” (Land Genie and Kitchen Gods) worshipping ceremony (December 23 of the lunar calendar), State President Truong Tan Sang and overseas Vietnamese release carp into the West Lake in Hanoi.


The State President and overseas Vietnamese enjoy peach flowers at the Thang Long Imperial Citadel.


Visiting the space of Vietnamese culture at the Thang Long Imperial Citadel.


Writing calligraphic letters for overseas Vietnamese.



The overseas Vietnamese show interest in traditional craft products.

During the meeting with the overseas Vietnamese, State President Truong Tan Sang highlighted the challenges faced by Vietnam in 2013, but also acknowledged the significant achievements made possible through the efforts and strength of national unity. These achievements include economic development, social-political stability, improved living standards, security and defense, and enhanced international reputation. The President emphasized the important contributions of overseas Vietnamese, who have a strong attachment to their homeland.

State President Truong Tan Sang has reaffirmed the government’s unwavering commitment to considering overseas Vietnamese as an integral part of the nation. In order to encourage their contribution to Vietnam’s development, a series of policies and mechanisms have been implemented. This commitment is now enshrined in the amended Constitution of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, providing a solid legal foundation for both overseas Vietnamese and domestic citizens to overcome challenges together through the strength of national unity. As we approach the New Year in 2014, State President Truong Tan Sang expressed his unwavering confidence in the successful process of nation-building and protection, the steadfast defense of our independence and sovereignty, an improved standard of living for our people, and an enhanced international reputation for Vietnam.

Nguyen Thanh Son, the head of the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs, has shared statistics indicating that Vietnam is among the nine countries with the highest volume of currency exchange from overseas nationals. This amounts to approximately $11 billion, a significant financial resource that greatly contributes to Vietnam’s ongoing economic development.



On December 23, 2014, the “Homeland Spring” Programme was held at the Thang Long Imperial Citadel to welcome overseas Vietnamese who returned to Vietnam to celebrate Tet.





State President Truong Tan Sang beats the drum to open “Homeland Spring 2014”.



Several art performances were held at “Homeland Spring 2014”.

Memorable images captured during “Homeland Spring 2014”.
Story: Ngan Ha – Photos: Tat Son