Vietnamese Ambassador to the US Ha Kim Ngoc and his spouse in a performance at the embassy's Tet celebration event in Washington DC (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnamese communities all over the world are organising celebrations of the traditional Lunar New Year (Tet), the most important festival in a year for Vietnamese.

The Vietnamese Embassy in Vientiane, Laos, in coordination with the local Vietnamese association, hosted a gathering to welcome the arrival of the Year of the Pig on January 27.

Ambassador Nguyen Ba Hung took the occasion to highlight the development of the Vietnam-Laos special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation in 2018, particularly the positive growth of economic ties, with two-way trade increasing by 14 percent year on year to more than 1 billion USD.

The ambassador affirmed that the embassy and other Vietnamese representative agencies in Laos are always ready to support the overseas Vietnamese.

In Germany, the Tet gathering, held on January 26 by the Vietnamese Embassy at the headquarters of the Berlin State’s Ministry of the Interior, was attended by 500 guests, including representatives from the German federal parliament and the Federal Foreign Office, and diplomats from ASEAN countries’ diplomatic missions in Germany.

In his speech, Ambassador Nguyen Minh Vu informed the guests and the overseas Vietnamese on Vietnam’s impressive socio-economic achievement in 2018, to which the overseas Vietnamese community had made significant contributions.  

The event featured Vietnamese music performances and traditional Tet activities such as wrapping Chung cake and calligraphy. Visitors also enjoyed Vietnamese dishes and had a chance to buy Tet goods.

In the US, a Tet celebration took place at the Vietnam House in Washington DC on January 25 with the attendance of around 200 Vietnamese and US friends.   

Ambassador Ha Kim Ngoc talked about the sacred meaning of the traditional Tet for Vietnamese, and made a brief overview of Vietnam-US ties in 2018.

The diplomat urged the overseas Vietnamese to continue contributing to the development of the motherland and working to promote bilateral ties.-VNA