As the Lunar New Year (Tet) festival is days to come, the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs (SCOVA) has greeted overseas Vietnamese returning home for the holiday in an annual programme in Hanoi.

Addressing the event, Deputy Foreign Minister and SCOVA Chairman Nguyen Thanh Son noted an increasing number of overseas Vietnamese going home during Tet, the nation’s biggest holiday, and doing business, attributing it to the Politburo’s Resolution 36 and regulations on immigration, investment, citizenship and investment.

In the time to come, relevant agencies will legalise specific orientations in Resolution 36 to further facilitate investment and business activities of overseas Vietnamese, who are always regarded an inseparable part of the Vietnamese community, Son noted.

At the event, which focused on honouring the nation’s unique worshipping rite of Hung Kings as part of the world’s intangible cultural heritages, 83-year-old Le Van Duyen from the US said he returned home every Tet to enjoy warm and happy holiday.

Duyen said he is always proud of being a Vietnamese and an offspring of Hung Kings, who are the founders of the country and the ancestors of the nation.

Meanwhile, Nguyen Viet Trung from Laos said around 40,000 Vietnamese residing in Laos have made significant contributions to the host country and helped foster its special solidarity with the homeland.

For her part, Van Duong Thanh, an artist and art lecturer in Sweden for 25 years, unveiled that she returned home to teach and create artworks.

She praised the SCOVA’s annual New Year welcome programme for bringing overseas Vietnamese around the world together and providing them a deeper insight into the country’s development course.

Thanh stressed that the overseas Vietnamese community in Sweden wished to join hands in making Vietnam more prosperous.-VNA