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Overseas Vietnamese joyfully celebrate Lunar New Year

by NDO20 January 2020 Last updated at 17:00 PM

Participants make a boast to celebrate Lunar New Year at an event held in Vientiane on January 19 (Photo: VNA)
Participants make a boast to celebrate Lunar New Year at an event held in Vientiane on January 19 (Photo: VNA)

VTV.vn - A celebration welcoming Tet (Lunar New Year) was held in Vientiane on January 19, gathering more than 1,000 Overseas Vietnamese people who are working in Laos.

The event was jointly held by the Association of Vietnamese people in Vientiane and the clubs of Vietnamese Fellow-Countrymen in Xiengkhuang – Mekong – Xieng Vang – Pakse – Hanoi and Da Nang.

In his address, Chargé d'Affaires of the Vietnamese Embassy in Laos Nguyen Thanh Tung hailed the OV community in Vientiane for promoting patriotism and national pride while preserving their traditional cultural identity.

The diplomat also recognised the OVs’ positive participation in trade and cultural exchanges and in charity activities for victims of natural disasters in the homeland.

He called on the expats to continue promoting solidarity and mutual support, and to make further contributions to the Vietnam – Laos special traditional friendship.

Participants at the event were invited to enjoy the taste of signature dishes of Tet, such as banh chung (square glutinous cake), coconut jam, and gio (Vietnamese sausage).

In a similar event held in New Delhi on the same day, Vietnamese Ambassador to India Pham Sanh Chau extended his best wishes to the OV community in the country and to Indian friends.

He reviewed the achievements made by the embassy staff and Vietnamese representative offices in India over the past year in fostering bilateral ties.

He expressed his thanks to the Indian Government, agencies and organisations for their efforts to promoting the bilateral relations and for providing favourable conditions for the OV community in the country.

Earlier, on the evening of January 18, an event introducing Vietnamese Tet Festival and the traditional Czech Masopust Festival was organised at Sapa Trade Centre in Prague.

The event has been held annually over the past seven years by the Association of Vietnamese People in Czech Republic and the Sapa Trade Centre to help Vietnamese and Czech people celebrate their traditional festivals while getting to know more about each other’s customs and cultures.

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