Ao dai (traditional long dress) performance at the event. (Photo: VNA)

Ottawa (VNA) – Hundreds of Vietnamese expatriates, officials from the Vietnamese representative offices in Canada and international friends gathered to welcome Vietnam’s traditional Tet holiday at a celebration held in Toronto, the capital of Canada’s Ontario province, on January 27.

Earlier, Vietnamese people in Ottawa and Montreal and cities also met on the threshold of Lunar New Year 2018.

Delivering Tet greetings to the participants, Vietnamese Ambassador to Canada Nguyen Duc Hoa underlined significant events for the two countries in 2017.

Both sides have enjoyed important breakthroughs in their relations, which were illustrated through the official visits to Vietnam made by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne and various visits of officials and local authorities from the two countries, Hoa said.

The diplomat affirmed the overseas Vietnamese community is an inseparable part of the nation. The country will create favourable conditions for Vietnamese expatriates, including those in Cadana, to return home and invest, contributing to national development.

This was the second time the Vietnamese people in Ottwa, Montreal and Toronto enjoyed art performances staged by artists from the Youth (Tuoi tre) Theatre.-VNA