The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, in co-ordination with the Ministry of Information and Communications, held a book festival at the Temple of Literature on April 20 to commemorate Vietnam Book Day.
The festival featured books with typical subjects, such as Dien Bien Phu Victory, national seas and islands, the 60th anniversary of the capital city, and Vietnam's World Cultural Heritage sites.
In addition, festival goers can visit book stalls to have a look at publications in literature, culture and art, science and technology, education, and child-related books.
The National Assembly Office library, in co-ordination with several publishing houses introduced hundreds of books featuring politics, legal system and institutional reform to the public.
The same day, in the northern province of Hai Duong, an exhibition opened showing 2,000 books as well as precious collections, such as Dien Bien Phu victory and its memories, cultural celebrities, and national history and geography, among others.
In addition, the Thai Nguyen provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism also held a book festival on April 20 with the theme of ‘Books - Key to Success’.
More than 3,500 titles were also on display at the third book festival in the central province of Phu Yen.
April 21 was designated as Vietnam Book Day under Decision 284/QD-TTg issued by the Prime Minister on February 24 this year.
The annual event aims to encourage and develop reading in the community, while raising public awareness of the significance of books, not only as a source of knowledge but as a way to develop one’s thoughts and personality.
The observance of the day will contribute to raising the responsibility of ministries, sectors and social organisations towards the building and promotion of a reading culture in Vietnam.