Hanoians give out free hugs to share love in Int’l Free Hugs Day

From Tao Dan Park to other public places throughout HCM City, such as Notre-Dame Cathedral, Ben Thanh Market and Unification Palace, students gathered to offer hugs to all people, from the elderly to kids. The Free Hug campaign aims to encourage teens to open their hearts and instill enthusiasm and determination in them. The annual event was observed in Hanoi and HCM City three years ago, and this year it will also be held in central NhaTrang city later this month. The campaign was first initiated in 2004 by Juan Mann, a young Australian man who gave out hugs in the Pitt Street Mall in central Sydney. In 2006, a video on Mann’s hugs was posted on YouTube and drew more than 74 million viewers. Following his lead, voluntary organizations in 80 countries, including Vietnam, have organized similar free hugs day. Let’s see how HCM City people celebrate the event this year (Photo: TTO)... [read more]

The students were responding to a worldwide Internet call to extend warmth globally. The programme’s founder, Australian Juan Mann, started the movement when he arrived at Sydney Airport in June 2004 from London with no-one to meet him. He watched as other travellers were warmly greeted by relatives and friends and wished the same for himself. Together with youth in Hanoi and HCM City, more than 60 students in Nha Trang city handed out their “free-hugs” on July 29 as part of the “Free Hug” programme, which is spreading through Vietnam. . With the hope of bringing people closer, the young people offered “free-hugs” to their relatives, friends and tourists in the streets. This is the first time the programme has been held in Hanoi, Nha Trang and HCM City to create a healthy playground for young people who wish for a better life.... [read more]

Third International Free Hugs Day Festival in HCMC Ngoc Trai By Ngoc Trai in HCMC This year, the International Free Hugs Day Festival will be held on July 20. In HCMC, the festival organized by the international non-governmental organization Free Hug Vietnam will take place at Tao Dan Park, 55C along Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Sunday. This is the third International Free Hugs Day Festival held in Vietnam. This year, more than 300 volunteers will participate in the program. The main activities of the festival will include flashmod dance, group games, etc. Colorful Free Hug boards with messaging “Embracing hearts, sharing the love” will be hung at several locations such as Notre Dame, Reunification Palace, Ben Thanh Market, Vincom A building, and Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street. In 2004, the Free Hugs Campaign was initiated by Juan Mann in Australia. Currently, the program has spread to over 80 countries including Vietnam. Founded in 2007, Free Hugs Vietnam has attracted about 20,000 participants, mostly high school and university students.... [read more]

International Free Hugs Day under “Embracing the Heart, sharing the Love” slogan is scheduled to be held in Ho Chi Minh City on July 24. Free Hugs Day is one of annual activities of Free Hugs Vietnam (FHV), a non-profit organization of the youth. Nowadays, Free Hugs Campaign in Vietnam attracts crowded young people and media, contributing to spread message for active life in Vietnamese community. Free Hugs Day was first launched in Vietnam in 2007. Up to now, the event has attracted the participation of hundreds of thousands of young people across the country featuring beautiful images in heart of local residents and travelers. The campaign was first initiated in Australia in 2004 by Juan Mann. At that time, he took a board writing the words FREE HUGS in the Sydney with the target of waiting for a person hug him because of feeling alone in his live. The campaign has become well- known international activity since 2006 as the music video about Juan Mann was showed on YouTube, which has had over 77 million viewers.The good action also was implemented by volunteers in 80 countries around the world, including Vietnam. SGGP... [read more]

International Free Hugs Day under "Embracing the Heart, sharing the Love" slogan is scheduled to be held in Ho Chi Minh City on July 24. Free Hugs Day is one of annual activities of Free Hugs Vietnam (FHV), a non-profit organization of the youth. Nowadays, Free Hugs Campaign in Vietnam attracts crowded young people and media, contributing to spread message for active life in Vietnamese community.Free Hugs Day was first launched in Vietnam in 2007. Up to now, the event has attracted the participation of hundreds of thousands of young people across the country featuring beautiful images in heart of local residents and travelers.The campaign was first initiated in Australia in 2004 by Juan Mann. At that time, he took a board writing the words FREE HUGS in the Sydney with the target of waiting for a person hug him because of feeling alone in his live.The campaign has become well- known international activity since 2006 as the music video about Juan Mann was showed on YouTube, which has had over 77 million viewers.

The good action also was implemented by volunteers in 80 countries around the world, including Vietnam.... [read more]

International Free Hugs Day has been celebrated in Vietnam in the past few years with an aim of generally lifting spirits and bridging gaps among people. The Free Hugs Campaign was initiated on June 30, 2004 by an Australian man known only by the pseudonym, "Juan Mann". It is a social movement involving individuals who offer hugs to strangers in public places. The hugs are meant to be random acts of kindness. The campaign became famous internationally in 2006 as the result of a music video on YouTube by the Australian band Sick Puppies, which has been viewed over 74 million times. International Free Hugs Month is celebrated from the first Saturday in July and continues until August first. International Free Hugs Day has been around in Vietnam for five years. It is often held of the third Sunday of July annually in Hanoi and HCM City. International Free Hugs Day (IFHD) 2014 will begin 8:15am on August 20 at Vincom Shopping Mall at 191 Ba Trieu in Hanoi. The campaign will also have a presence in HCM City and Nha Trang.... [read more]

HA NOI (VNS)- If a complete stranger walks up to you on Sunday with arms outstretched and a smile on his or her face, don't run! It will be part of a free hugs campaign being held in Ha Noi, HCM City and Nha Trang. Entitled We're Here to do One Thing, the campaign has been organised by Free Hugs Viet Nam, a non-profit youth organisation dedicated to community activities. The purpose of the event is to encourage people to display their love, affection and care towards one another through the simple measure of a tight embrace - free of course! About 300 volunteers will offer hugs to strangers in public places, including the shopping mall at Vincom in Ba Trieu in Ha Noi, HCM City's Tao Dan Park, and the April 2 Square on Tran Phu Road in Nha Trang. Last year, 200 young volunteers joined the campaign. - VNS... [read more]

Third International Free Hugs Day Festival in HCMC Free Hug Vietnam will take place at Tao Dan Park, 55C along Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Sunday. This is the third International Free Hugs Day Festival held in Vietnam. This year, more than 300 volunteers will participate in the program. The main activities of the festival will include flashmod dance, group games, etc. Colorful Free Hug boards with messaging "Embracing hearts, sharing the love" will be hung at several locations such as Notre Dame, Reunification Palace, Ben Thanh Market, Vincom A building, and Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street. In 2004, the Free Hugs Campaign was initiated by Juan Mann in Australia. Currently, the program has spread to over 80 countries including Vietnam. Founded in 2007, Free Hugs Vietnam has attracted about 20,000 participants, mostly high school and university students. Truong Sa sovereignty steles recognised as national historical site The Khanh Hoa provincial People's Committee organised a ceremony in Nha Trang city on July 17 to receive the certificate recognising two steles affirming Vietnam's sovereignty over Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelago and a memorial site dedicated to the ship coded C235 as national historical sites. Speaking at the ceremony, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hoang Tuan Anh emphasised that the two steles were considered as importance historical and legal evidence showing Vietnam's sovereignty over the Truong Sa Archipelago. Meanwhile the C235 ship memorial site was dedicated to the great sacrifices as well as the contributions…... [read more]

Although hugging isn’t a part of Vietnamese culture, around 200 young people in Ho Chi Minh City walked around downtown and exchanged hugs with people they had never met before as a part of International Free Hug Day last Saturday. Photo: Tuoi Tre In the morning they assembled in the city’s Tao Dan park in District 1 and got involved in a flashmob performance with Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Stronger’ as background music. Then they headed to different streets and hugged strangers they met. From Binh Duong, Thuy Duong (19) arrived in Ho Chi Minh City at the beginning of the week to become one of the volunteers of the campaign. “I was so nervous to hug the first person and felt better when it came to the second one. When exchanging a hug with someone, you will feel a great change from the other. They hesitated at first but then smiled, put out their arms and even patted my back,” she recalled. “It was a warm feeling, as if I have given something and also got it back.” The Free Hugs Campaign is a social movement where individuals offer hugs to strangers in public places. The hugs are meant to be random acts of kindness and selflessness, the main purpose being to make others feel better. The campaign in its present form was started in 2004 by an Australian man known only by the pseudonym "Juan Mann". The campaign became famous internationally in 2006 as the result of a music video…... [read more]

More than 300 students from the Breakthrough Power Academy in Da Nang City took to the streets and gave their free hugs to locals and strangers on November 18th. The students also persuaded the strangers to share their real-life experience and then they hugged each other. It was an activity under the art performance program "When students get ready" with participation of 300 students of the Breakthrough Power. The event started with the "flash-mob" street march by the students that later on attracted many youths and local residents in Da Nang. Then came the free hugs program to all participants. A young attendant shared that free hugs expressed love between people. According to the Breakthrough Power, the campaign's message is to let the young generation to show their gratitude to anyone who gave them lessons in life. Source: TTO Translated by Van Hieu... [read more]




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