People in Lang Son join hands for a happy society
(LSO) – In 2014, the Prime Minister approved a project on the organisation of activities celebrating the International Day of Happiness on March 20 each year. 2014 was also the first year that Vietnam had started to launch events in response to the day. Lang Son province joined the move with various programmes aiming to raise the quality life and ensure happy of local people.
Nguyen Phuc Ha, Director of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism which is the standing unit of the steering board on family work of the province, said the board has promoted communications and arranged annual activities to highlight the role and significance of the building of well-off, progressive and happy families.
A team of the women’s union in Hoang Van Thu commune of Van Lang district competes at a cooking contest marking the International Day of Happiness.
Notably, in 2019, many activities were launched to commemorate the International Day of Happiness, from communications to events at communities to disseminate information on the history, significance and the message of the International Day of Happiness, policies and regulations of the State on family planning and the building of well-off, progressive and happy families, as well as honour role models and call on locals to join hands in celebrating the day.
It is noteworthy that measures against domestic violence were included in more than 1,000 local events. In addition, more than 3,210 instruction books were distributed to domestic violence prevention groups in 11 districts and city and 100 banners promoting the International Day of Happiness were put up on the streets.
11 districts and city of the province all held events to mark the day in 2019. Chi Lang district and Lang Son city held two forums on youths’ role in building well-off, happy, progressive and civilised families, attracting 100 young married couples and over 1,000 members of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union.
Five border districts of Van Lang, Trang Dinh, Loc Binh, Dinh Lap and Cao Loc organised forums on parents’ role to keep children away from social evils, which drew over 2,000 participants in total.
A club on sustainable family development in Na Cuom hamlet, Na Sam township performs a short drama at a seminar marking the International Day of Happiness./.
Bac Son district and Lang Son city held an event to launch the Olympic Run Day for public health and celebrate the International Happiness Day on March 20, with the participation of over 1,000 locals.
A number of seminars, talks and performances marking the day were held across the province’s towns and townships.
Therefore, local residents have come to know more about the International Happiness Day and its meaning. Families have closely followed the Party and State’s policies and stipulations, as well as local regulations in building well-off, progressive and happy families.
In 2019, the province saw the establishment of 152 models and 750 clubs of “sustainable development families”, along with 750 groups on domestic violence prevention, up 10 models, 40 clubs and 40 groups, respectively, compared to the previous year. Especially, 78.4 percent of all households in Lang Son received the “cultural family” recognition in 2019, a year-on-year rise of 3.4 percent.
In 2020, with a theme of “Happiness for All, Together”, the International Day of Happiness called on people to work for well-off, progressive and happy families; build a suitable environment for living, learning and working with delight.
However, due to complicated development of the COVID-19 epidemic, activities commemorating the day were scaled down.
Director Ha added that to implement guiding documents of the Party Central Committee, the provincial Party Committee, and provincial People’s Committee on COVID-19 prevention and control, the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism has issued new guidance on the organisation of activities marking the International Day of Happiness in 2020.
Specifically, districts and city of the province were asked to limit the number of meetings, art and sporting events which gather large numbers of people.
To popularise the International Day of Happiness and create positive change in the community, local leaders called on every individual will follow this year’s message of “Happiness for All, Together”, so that the community will be filled with happiness, Ha said.