First “Head for the open sea” festival held

Fishing boats head for the open sea, affirming Việt Nam’s sovereign over sea and islands. — VNA/VNS Photo
Viet Nam News

HẢI PHÒNG — The Việt Nam Farmers’ Association hosted the “head for the open sea” festival in coastal Hải Phòng City on Thursday, calling people to join hands in protecting the marine environment and securing sovereignty over the sea and its islands.

The festival, the first of its kind in Việt Nam, included activities like an incense offering ceremony to memorise those who died at sea, a whale worshipping ceremony and the release of baby shrimp/ fish into sea in the city’s Cát Bà Island District.

The farmers’ association and Hải Phòng City People’s Committee teamed up to give local fishermen national flags to fly on their sea trips.

A fleet of fishing boats steamed off to the high seas, traveling around Cát Bà Bay and representing the hope of bumper catches.

President of Việt Nam Farmers’ Association Lại Xuân Môn told Nông thôn ngày nay (Countryside today) newspaper that the festival aimed to honour fishing activities, fishermen and their contributions to the country’s economy and national defence.

“To fishermen, “Head for the open sea” celebrates their life and their pride. During smooth or rough seas, they keep going, not only seeking economic benefits but also affirming Việt Nam’s sovereignty over sea and islands,” Môn said.

The festival is also expected to call on further co-operation among relevant parties including sea guards, navy, marine police and enterprises to support fishermen “head for open sea” and bring home bumper catch, he said.

Môn added that the festival will be held annually. — VNS

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