Vietnamese communities abroad celebrate Tet

Monday, 2018-02-05 08:33:23
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An art performance in the get-together in Japan. (Photo: VNA)
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NDO/VNA – The Vietnamese communities around the world have begun activities to celebrate the Lunar New Year (Tet) festival, which is several days left.

In Vientiane, the capital city of Laos, Vietnamese expatriates joined together in Phat Tich pagoda on February 4 to pray for peace and happiness in the upcoming New Year.

Speaking at the event, Venerable Thich Minh Quang, head of the pagoda highlighted the need to preserve Vietnam’s cultural identity and traditions.

Built in 1957, the pagoda is serving religious demand of overseas Vietnamese (OVs) living in Vientiane and adjacent areas. It is a place for exchange, thus promoting unity in the Vietnamese community in the country.

On February 4, Vietnamese Ambassador to Cambodia Vu Quang Minh, as entrusted by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, presented more than 700 gifts to Vietnamese and Cambodian families in difficult circumstances in Kampong Chhnang and Kampong Thom provinces, Cambodia, ahead of Tet.

On this occasion, Ambassador Minh visited a number of Vietnamese families in Kampong Chhnang province. He also had a working session with the local authority during which he asked them to create conditions for the Vietnamese in the locality to lead a stable life, contributing to local economic development.

Vietnamese Ambassador to Cambodia Vu Quang Minh presents gifts to Vietnamese and Cambodian families in difficult circumstances in Kampong Chhnang and Kampong Thom provinces, Cambodia. (Photo: NDO)

On February 3, the Vietnamese permanent representative delegation to the UN and the Vietnamese Consulate General in New York jointly held a get-together for OVs and international friends to welcome the new spring.

In her speech at the event, Head of the Vietnamese permanent representative delegation to the UN Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga looked back Vietnam’s great achievements in 2017 across fields from economy, socio-culture, diplomacy, to defence and security.

The Vietnam-US comprehensive partnership has witnessed fruitful developments through Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s visit to the US and President Donald Trump’s official visit to Vietnam in the year.

She stressed contributions made by Vietnamese expats in the US as well as international friends to promoting the relations between the two countries. The ambassador took the occasion to wish OVs in New York and adjacent areas and international friends a happy New Year.

The same day, Vietnamese expats in Buenos Aires of Argentina and Moscow of Russia gathered at ceremonies to celebrate the traditional Tet. Overseas Vietnamese in Australia also gathered in Canberra to celebrate the traditional Lunar New Year festival on February 3.

Also on February 3, Vietnam’s Embassy in Japan and the Vietnamese Consulate General in Fukuoka city of Japan hosted similar events, providing opportunities for Vietnamese expatriates to meet each other after one year of hard work.