The Vietnamese Embassy in France on Jan. 29 held a get-together to welcome the Lunar New Year (Tet) festival.

Attending the event were representatives of Vietnamese embassy, agencies along with a number of overseas Vietnamese living and studying in France.

Addressing the opening ceremony, Vietnamese Ambassador to France Le Kinh Tai highlighted the country’s outstanding achievements last year, adding that 2010 is the year of significant importance with many successes both in internal and external affairs.

The event provided a chance for overseas Vietnamese and international friends to enjoy traditional dishes of Vietnam such as banh chung (square glutinous rice cake), nem (spring roll), xoi (steamed glutinous rice), gio (pork pie).

The same day, Vietnamese Embassy in Malaysia also held a meeting to celebrate Tet festival.

The event saw the presence of Ambassadors of Laos, Myanmar, representatives of Vietnamese organisations and a number of overseas Vietnamese living and studying in Malaysia.

Vietnamese Ambassador to Malaysia Hoang Trong Lap informed the participants of the socio-economic achievements the country made in 2010 and underlined that Vietnam successfully fulfilled the role of the ASEAN chair as well as the organisation of the 1,000 th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi and the 11 th National Party Congress.

On the occasion, he extended his wish for a happy and prosperous new year to Vietnamese community in Malaysia.

The participants also had opportunity to enjoy traditional Vietnamese dishes and music performances at the event./.