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Apr 18, 2014 / 14:13

Activities to commemorate Vietnam’s first Book Day in Hanoi

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung approved of a new national holiday, Vietnam Book Day, to be celebrated every year on April 21.

According to the information released by the Ministry of Information and Communications, a book festival will kick off tomorow to commemorate Viet Nam's first ever Book Day on April 21.
The square in front of the State Bank of Viet Nam headquarters (on Ly Thai To Street) and the nearby Ngo Quyen and Dinh Le streets will be transformed into a major platform for book streets and stalls to showcase the works of publishers and distributors nationwide.
On the afternoon of April 19, a procession will start from the Ly Thai To Square by the side of Hoan Kiem Lake and will run through major streets in Hoan Kiem, Ba Dinh, Dong Da and Hai Ba Trung districts, and end in Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam (Temple of Literature).
Book streets will exhibit typical subjects, such as Dien Bien Phu Victory, national seas and islands, 60th anniversary of the capital city, and Viet Nam's World Cultural Heritage sites.
A solemn ceremony to pronounce the Prime Minister's Decision on the Book Day will be held tomorrow night at the Ly Thai To Square and will be broadcast live on Viet Nam Television Channel 1 (VTV 1).
Moreover, a range of art programmes of ca tru (ceremonial singing), quan ho folk songs, and cheo (popular theatre) will be held on Sunday, which will not only promote the country's intangible culture, but also promote the tradition of reading and edification.
On April 19-26, rare books will be exhibited to celebrate Viet Nam Book Day.
The exhibition showcases books printed between 1870 and 1975, ranging from pocket books to heavy volumes. Visitors will have the chance to see the works of Vietnamese authors as well as translated books written by foreign authors.
The exhibition will take place at the Dong Tay Culture and Language Centre, located at Building N11A, Tran Quy Kien Street, Ha Noi.
This is the first time Vietnam has celebrated Vietnam Book Day, creating opportunities for  visitors to promote their habit of reading, get access to rare books and buy favourite books at reasonable price.