Overseas Vietnamese host activities to welcome Tet hinh anh 1Vietnamese Ambassador to Nigeria Pham Anh Tuan (blue long-dress) and overseas Vietnamese join Nigerian friends at get-together to welcome Tet (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – A string of activities have been held by overseas Vietnamese around the world to welcome the lunar New Year (Tet) – the biggest festival of the year, which falls on February 16-18 this year.

The Vietnamese Embassy in Nigeria held get-togethers on February 15 and 17 for its staff and representatives from several enterprises operating in the country, together with a meeting with Nigerian friends and representatives from foreign diplomatic corps in Nigeria.

Vietnamese Ambassador to Nigeria Pham Anh Tuan extended his new year wishes to families of the embassy’s staff and foreign guests.

On this occasion, the Vietnamese Students’ Association in West Australia State organised a ‘homeland Tet festival’.

Participants were offered a chance to enjoy art performances and take part in folk games such as “con” (colourful fabric ball) throwing, “keo co” (tug of war), and “sap” (bamboo) dance.

Meanwhile, hundreds of Vietnamese people living in the Czech Republic and nearly 100 locals recently joined a Tet gathering held by the Vietnamese Association’s Chomutov city chapter.

An exhibition introducing costumes of Vietnam’s 54 ethnic groups was organised in Cosmopolis cultural centre in the western French city of Nantes, attracting hundreds of visitors each day.

The festival was part of a programme to welcome the Year of Dog jointly held by the Vietnamese Students’ Association in Nantes and the Vietnam-Loire Atlantique Friendship Association from February 1-18.

Visitors to the event also had an opportunity to contemplate photos featuring Vietnam’s landscapes and people which were captured by photographer Sebastien Laval.-VNA