HCM City students join Int’l Free Hugs Day

(VOV) -More than 300 students converged on Tao Dan Park in Ho Chi Minh City on July 20 to hug family members, friends and even strangers in response to International 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)

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