When Tet, Vietnam’s traditional New Year festival, arrives once more, the country’s embassies all over the world are eager to organise celebrations for expatriates.

A warm meeting to celebrate Tet festival was held in the Vietnamese Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia on January 25 with the attendance of ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong Minh, officials of Vietnamese representative offices along with a great number of the Vietnamese community living in the country.

The programme was full of traditional dishes as well as songs and dances performed by overseas students.
The same day, representatives of the 60,000 Vietnamese community in Japan had a chance to gather at the embassy to prepare a Tet meal, including such traditional dishes as banh chung (square sticky rice cakes), banh tet (cylindral sticky rice cakes), xoi gac (steamed momordica glutinous rice) and boiled chicken.

In European countries, overseas Vietnamese who are living and studying in Belgium’s Brussels and Germany’s Berlin also gathered for Tet celebrations in a venue decorated with hoa dao (peach blossom), which symbolises Tet in the north, and hoa mai (apricot blossom), available in the south.

Meanwhile, a get-together held in Mexico City also saw the attendance of Cuban Ambassador in Mexico Dagobero Rodriguez and his spouse along with a number of Cuban friends.

Vietnamese in the US and Australia also attended New Year banquets full of Vietnamese flavours.-VNA