Tet comes early to Truong Sa islanders hinh anh 1Tet gifts and supplies brought to soldiers on Da Tay A island. (Photo: VNA)

Khanh Hoa (VNA)
– The traditional Lunar New Year (Tet) has arrived early for soldiers and islanders on Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago as ships are crossing rough seas to carry Tet gifts and supplies from all parts of the country to the islands.

Packs of glutinous rice, Dong leaves to wrap Banh chung (square glutinous rice cake), kumquat trees and apricot blossom trees are being transported by the Naval Region 4 High Command to locals on Truong Sa archipelago.

Colonel Nguyen Cong Son, Deputy Commissar of the Naval Region 4 High Command said: “Naval Region 4’s brigade 146 has set up plans to ensure essential goods for soldiers and residents on the islands. The supplies bring traditional Tet atmosphere and are of great encouragement for them to overcome difficulties to safeguard the national territory”.

Celebrating Tet holiday on Truong Sa Island for the first time, soldier Dinh Van Chuc from Phu Xuyen distict, Hanoi, was full of emotions. He said “This is my first Tet far away from home and family. However, Tet atmosphere is all around the island with flower, Banh chung and traditional dishes”.

He added that he and his comrades will try their best to accomplish duty entrusted by the country.-VNA