First “Head for the open sea” festival held in Hai Phong

The first "head for the open sea" festival was held in the island district of Cat Hai, Hai Phong City on Friday to call on people to join efforts in protecting the marine environment and securing the national sovereignty over sea and its islands.

Addressing the ceremony, Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh underscored the great potential of Vietnam's sea and islands and praised efforts by in-the-sea forces including fishermen, sea guards, marine police, and armed forces to overcome difficulties to assert the national territorial waters.

She said: "The presence of fishermen at any co-ordinate or area in the sea plays an important role in defining the national maritime sovereignty. Although this festival is held for the first time, I believe coast localities and fishermen will have more opportunities to increase solidarity and learn precious experience from each other."

The festival, the first of its kind in Vietnam, included activities like an incense offering ceremony to memorize those who died at sea, a whale worshipping ceremony, and the release of baby shrimp/ fish into sea.

Source: VOV5