The Vietnam Embassy in Sri Lanka commemorates Ho Chi Minh 122nd Birth Anniversary
By Dr Srimal Fernando Asia Correspondent
The Vietnam Embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka and the Solidarity Association of both countries hosted a ceremony to commemorate the 122nd Birth Anniversary of Ho Chi Minh, the great liberator of Vietnam at the Russian Cultural Centre auditorium on 21st May 2012.
Ho Chi Minh was the founder of the Vietnamese Communist Party and the leader of the revolution who carried the torch of Vietnam’s independence movement for over half a century. Ho Chi Minh made great contributions to the victorious Viet Minh and Viet Cong forces that unified the country. He carried the torch of independence and freedom as a representative of the people of Vietnam. He was the symbol of hope and endurance. As a revolutionist, Ho Chi Minh made a great contribution to unify Vietnam. He is the best-loved and most famous political figure in the country. As revolutionist his work had a very strong influence on Sri Lankan post Independence history. He visited Sri Lanka thrice in 1911, 1928 and in 1946.
To mark the birth of Ho Chi Minh the Sri Lankan organizers invited friends of Vietnam and had an essay competition followed by a cultural programme.
Sri Lankan Senior Minister D.E W Gunasekeara
After the arrival of the two Senior Ministers, D.E .W Gunasekara and Professor Tissa Vitarana, the Vietnams Ambassador, His Excellency Ton Singh Thanh joined the guests at the hall. The day’s event started with a lighting of the traditional oil lamp.
Ambassador of Vietnam to Sri Lanka Ton Sinh Thanh
In his speech, Vietnamese Ambassador Ton Singh Thanh reminded the audience of Ho Chi Minh’s great contributions to the Vietnamese War of Independence and reunification. During his speech at the commemoration the Ambassador stressed the importance of solidarity and cooperation between Vietnam and Sri Lanka. He also extended his best wishes to the winners of the essay competition.
The competition was followed by educational and informative addresses by Senior Ministers Hon D.E .W Gunasekara and Professor Tissa Vitarana.
Rhythmic guitar by a group of Sri Lankans
The guests also had the opportunity to witness the remarkable performance of rhythmic guitar by a group of Sri Lankan young female guitarists which was followed by an entertaining performance by Mr. Iqbal Mohamed’s rhythmic poetry dedicated to Ho Chi Minh.
Remaining true to Vietnamese roots, a group of Vietnamese Sailors and a group of singers from the embassy staff entertained the audience.
Singing by Vietnamese Sailors and embassy staff
The Vietnam Embassy also gave prizes to local students who participated in the essay competition.