Overseas Vietnamese celebrate traditional New Year
Updated : Tuesday, February 13, 2018 8:52 AM (GMT+0700)

Vietnamesepeople in Belgium, South Africa and Japan welcomed the Lunar New Year (Tet)with ceremonies on February 11, with Vietnam’s biggest traditional festivalapproaching.

Vietnamese people in Tsukuba city, Japan, make "chung" cakes - a traditional dish for Tet -
Photo: VNA

At a ceremony in Brussels,Vietnamese Ambassador to Belgium and head of the Vietnamese Permanent Missionto the EU Vuong Thua Phong highlighted the development in Vietnam’s relationswith Belgium and the EU. Although the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement has yetto make progress as expected, he expressed his belief it will be ratified in2018, when Vietnam and Belgium will mark 45 years of diplomatic ties.

He wished Vietnamese peoplein Belgium health, prosperity and more contributions to the homeland and thetwo countries’ ties.

Chairman of the VietnamesePeople Association in Belgium Huynh Cong My briefed about the organisation’soutstanding activities last year. Meanwhile, President of the Belgium – VietnamAlliance Gryffroy Andries said the alliance will work harder to help developthe Vietnamese community in the European nation.

At a celebration inPretoria, Vietnamese Ambassador to South Africa Vu Van Dung informed participantsabout Vietnam’s achievements in 2017. 

He noted the two countrieshave made strides in various fields last year, from economy, politics toculture and tourism, adding that they will mark the 25th founding anniversaryof diplomatic ties in 2018.

He also asked Vietnamesepeople in South Africa to continue serving as a bridge to promotepeople-to-people exchange, friendship and cooperation between the twocountries.

In the Japanese prefectureof Ibaraki, Vietnamese people in Tsukuba city held on February 11 a Tetcelebration where a liaison board also debuted. Representatives of theVietnamese Embassy in Japan and more than 200 Vietnamese and foreign friendsattended the event.

Head of the liaison boardCao Sy Luan said the board will help promote the image of Vietnamese peopleamong Japanese, contributing to the two countries’ friendship.


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