Homeland Spring Warms Hearts of Overseas Vietnamese

Vietnamese communities abroad always turn their hearts to the homeland.

Homeland Spring Warms Hearts of Overseas Vietnamese
A lion dance performance at the event. Photo: VNA

The Vietnamese Family Partnership (VFP), in coordination with the Vietnamese Association in the UK (VAUK), hosted a traditional Tet (Lunar New Year) celebration for expatriates on January 15, VNA reported Monday.

The event featured a variety of activities such as lion dances, martial arts performances, ao dai (traditional long dress) show and folk games.

Visitors had a chance to buy traditional Vietnamese specialties for Tet namely jams, banh chung (square glutinous rice cake), pork paste, rice paper, among others.

Homeland Spring Warms Hearts of Overseas Vietnamese
At the ceremony. Photo: Vietnamese Family Partnership

Addressing the ceremony, the Vietnamese Ambassador to the UK Nguyen Hoang Long appreciated the contributions of VFP and VAUK in organizing the biggest festival of the year for the Vietnamese community.

He said that the Lunar New Year festival is part of a program to celebrate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and the UK in 2023. He called on the Vietnamese community in the UK to participate in the program, contributing to fostering bilateral relations.

The ambassador affirmed that the Vietnamese Embassy always accompanies overseas Vietnamese in community activities, contributing to preserving and promoting the cultural and humane values of the Vietnamese people.

Vicky Foxcroft, Member of Parliament for Lewisham and Deptford, expressed her pleasure at attending the traditional Tet festival, which is an opportunity for her to meet Vietnamese friends and take part in traditional activities of the Vietnamese New Year.

She spoke highly of VFP’s role in connecting the Vietnamese communities in Lewisham and Deptford with many activities that help promote and enhance the prestige of Vietnamese in the host country.

VAUK Chairman Tang Tuan Tu affirmed that the association will do its best to unite 100,000 Vietnamese people who are living and working in the UK to build a strong community, contributing to the further development of Vietnam-UK relations.

Homeland Spring Warms Hearts of Overseas Vietnamese
Giving Lunar New Year presents to Cambodians of Vietnamese origin with disadvantaged circumstances. Photo: VNA

Meanwhile, the Consulate General of Vietnam in Cambodia’s Preah Sihanouk province, in collaboration with the Khmer-Vietnamese Association’s provincial chapter and the sponsor Metfone Company – Cambodian affiliate of Vietnam’s telecoms group Viettel, on January 16 presented 100 gift packages to disadvantaged families of Vietnamese origin on the occasion of Tet.

Each household received a gift set valued at VND 500,000 (USD 21), which includes basic commodities for Tet. This activity is part of a programme to give nearly 1,000 Tet gifts, worth USD 20,700 in total, to families of Vietnamese origin with difficult circumstances in eight provinces across Cambodia so that they can enjoy a happy Tet.

Speaking at the handover ceremony, Consul General Lai Xuan Chien extended his wish that the Vietnamese community will have a joyful and happy Tet. He expected that they will continue to unite, abide by the host country’s regulations as well as care for their children and preserve the nation’s traditions.

The Vietnamese Embassy in Denmark organised a Homeland Spring programme on January 15 with the participation of more than 200 overseas Vietnamese, representatives of the Denmark-Vietnam Friendship Association and Danish friends as the biggest traditional festival for Vietnamese, is nearing.

The Consulate General of Vietnam in Germany’s Frankfurt am Main city also held a programme to welcome the Lunar New Year, with the participation of more than 1,000 people. Visitors to the event, including overseas Vietnamese and German, were impressed with the artistic performance and traditional dishes.

Hannah Nguyen