A gathering to celebrate the traditional New Years of Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka was held in Hanoi on April 9.

The event was hosted by the Hanoi Union of Friendship Organisations in coordination with Embassies of Asian countries to Vietnam, the Hanoi Buddhist Association and the Vietnam Friendship Associations with Laos, Cambodia and Thailand.

Congratulating the people of these Asian countries on their New Year, Myanmar’s Ambassador to Vietnam U Win Hlaing expressed his delight at the meaningful event and more importantly, the growing relations between Vietnam and the celebrating countries.

President of the Hanoi Fatherland Front Dao Van Binh hoped the foreign friends felt a warm welcome during the event and fuelled the development of ties between nations in the region.

A number of signature rituals during New Year of the Asian countries were performed including bathing the Buddha statue, tying threads around the wrist, splashing water and colour festival and a concert of folk dance and music.-VNA