Overseas Vietnamese in the Republic of Korea and Bangladesh joined other Vietnamese communities worldwide in celebrating the Lunar New Year (Tet), the eve of which falls on February 2 this year.

The Vietnamese Embassy in the RoK held the celebration on January 29 with the announcement of the establishment of the Vietnamese Association in the RoK, in the presence of Overseas Vietnamese (OVs), students and guest workers as well as members of two RoK families of Vietnamese origin, Ly Hoa Son and Ly Tinh Thien.

Vietnamese Ambassador Tran Trong Toan highly spoke of valuable contributions made by the Vietnamese community in the RoK to fruitful national development.

He also recognised their role in promoting relations between Vietnam and the RoK, describing them as a bridge spanning the two nations.

OV representatives, including brides getting married to RoK husbands, expressed their deep love of the fatherland, saying they would never forget their roots.

They also pledged to continue contributing to the national development for a prosperous Vietnam as well as to relations between the two countries.

The celebration warmed up home-sick expatriates with traditional food and art programmes which saw Vietnamese brides and their RoK husbands among the non-professional artists.

Gatherings for the same purpose were held by the Vietnamese Embassies to Bangladesh and Italy and by the Vietnamese General Consulate in Houston, the US./.