Vietnamese in Denmark Commemorates Legendary National Founders
|Vietnamese Ambassador to Denmark Luong Thanh Nghi at the April 10 event. Photo: Vietnam's embassy|
The Vietnamese Embassy in Denmark has held a meeting with representatives of the Vietnamese community on the occasion of the Hung Kings Death Anniversary in Copenhagen.
Legend has it that Lac Long Quan (Dragon King of Lac) married Au Co (the fairy daughter of De Lai). Au Co then gave birth to a pouch filled with 100 eggs, which soon hatched into a hundred sons. Lac Long Quan went to the coast with 50 of the children, while Au Co went to the highlands with the rest.
Their eldest son was made king, who named the country Van Lang and set up the capital in Phong Chau (modern-day Viet Tri city in Phu Tho province), beginning the 18 generations of the Hung Kings.
The Hung Kings are commemorated each year on the 10th day of the third lunar month, which falls on April 10 this year, as an occasion for the nation to express gratitude to the ancestors.
|Vietnamese Ambassador to Denmark Luong Thanh Nghi welcomes the guests at the April 10 event. Photo: Vietnam's embassy|
At the meeting, Vietnamese Ambassador to Denmark Luong Thanh Nghi expressed his pleasure to meet Vietnamese community in Denmark after his ambassadorial term started.
The ambassador also expressed his excitement to know that the Vietnamese community in Denmark is constantly growing, being highly appreciated by the host government and increasingly looking towards the homeland. Thereby, he hopes that the community will continue to unite, help each other, and build a friendship link between the two peoples.
Ambassador Nghi affirmed that the Party and State always care about the overseas Vietnamese community, reflected in many policies and decisions over the past time such as the Conclusion No.120-KL/TW on overseas Vietnamese (OV) affairs in the new situation and the Resolution on the issuance of a government action programme to continue accelerating the implementation of the Politburo's directions regarding OV affairs in the 2021-2026 period.
On behalf of the community present at the meeting, Tran Huong Lien, who has lived and worked in Denmark for more than 40 years, was happy able to attend a meaningful event organized by the embassy, especially on the occasion that all Vietnamese people show their gratitude for the merits of the Hung Kings who have built the country.
Lien affirmed that OVs in any circumstances always remember their roots, joining hands to contribute to building a strong and prosperous Vietnam.
|Delegates at the April 10 event. Photo: Vietnam's embassy|
On behalf of Vietnamese experts and scientists in Denmark, Dr. Le Quy Vang, a senior expert from Aalborg University, voiced his delight at the achievements that Vietnam has achieved in recent years, especially is in the field of entrepreneurship, innovation, digital transformation, among others.
He hopes, with many open policies and mechanisms, the Vietnamese government will create favorable conditions for Vietnamese intellectuals and scientists abroad in general and in Denmark in particular, contribute wisdom and dedication to the science of the country, together to build a Vietnam of “rich people, strong country, democracy, justice, and civilization”.
The Vietnamese community in Denmark currently has more than 16,000 people, living mainly in big cities like Copenhagen, Aarhus, Aalborg, Odense. Although it is a young community compared to other immigrant communities in the host country, Vietnamese community is highly appreciated for their skills and achievements in many fields.
The worship of the Hung Kings, closely related to the ancestral worship tradition of most Vietnamese families, was recognized as part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2012.
The Vietnamese communities in Russia, Thailand, the Czech Republic, Canada and Germany also have held ceremonies to commemorate the death anniversary of the country’s legendary founders.
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