Vietnamese expats celebrate lunar New Year hinh anh 1Vietnamese Ambassador to Russia Ngo Duc Manh and his wife extend New Year wishes to the Vietnamese community living in the country (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Representatives from the Embassy, other offices and businesses of Vietnam, and the Vietnamese community in Cambodia offered incense and laid flowers at the Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Monument in Phnom Penh on February 15 on the occasion of the lunar New Year (Tet) festival.

They paid tribute to Vietnamese voluntary soldiers and experts who laid down their lives for Cambodia's struggle for national liberation. The sacrifice helped the country escape from the Khmer Rouge genocidal regime, thus contributing to consolidating and developing the special friendship and solidarity between the two people.

Also on February 15 or the last day of the lunar year, Le Ba Hung, a Vietnamese expat and Director of Chak Angre General Hospital in Phnom Penh, and several Vietnamese sponsors granted 20 sets of tables and chairs to a primary school for children of overseas Vietnamese, and Tet gifts to over 170 Vietnamese households living in difficulties in Cambodia.

One day earlier, the Vietnamese Embassy in Russia held a get-together for the Vietnamese community living in the country.

Ambassador Ngo Duc Manh extended his New Year wishes to the community, and hailed their role in nurturing the Vietnam-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership.

Participating Vietnamese people were treated to traditional dishes such as Chung cake (a traditional cake made of glutinous rice dedicated to the Lunar New Year), nem (spring roll) and pickled welsh onion.

On February 13, a similar event was organised by the Vietnamese Embassy in the Czech Republic, which is home to about 100,000 Vietnamese people.-VNA