The event is held annually by the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs, under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as a run-up to the Lunar New Year festival for Overseas Vietnamese (OVs).

President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, his spouse, and delegates at the programme.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son delivered the opening speech at the programme.

President Nguyen Xuan Phuc extended New Year wishes to OVs.

President Nguyen Xuan Phuc beat a drum to open the programme.

A drum performance by artists from the Vietnam Tuong (Classical Drama) Theatre by Young Hanoi art troupe.

Singer Tan Nhan performed her latest song entitled ‘Cong Cha Ngai Me Sinh Thanh’ (Grateful for Parents).

A solo performance by pianist Nguyen Viet Trung, who returned from Poland to attend the programme.

Earlier on the morning of the same day, the delegation of OVs attending the programme, paid floral tribute to President Ho Chi Minh at his mausoleum and laid a wreath at a monument, in honour of war heroes and martyrs on Bac Son Street, Hanoi.

President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, his spouse and the OVs offered incense at Kinh Thien Palace at Thang Long Imperial Citadel.

President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and the Vietnamese expatriates released carps into Uncle Ho’s fish pond at the Presidential Palace’s relic site.

President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, his spouse and the Vietnamese expatriates took a group photo at the Presidential Palace.