Vietnamese expats in India, Russia celebrate Tet hinh anh 1An art performance at the get-together hosted by the Vietnamese Embassy in India. (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnamese diplomatic corps in many countries have organised an array of activities for overseas Vietnamese to celebrate the traditional Tet (Lunar New Year), the biggest festival in a year for Vietnamese.

In New Delhi, a get-together at the Vietnamese Embassy on February 11 night brought together Vietnamese expats, representatives of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries, Indian officials and international friends.

Addressing the event, Vietnamese Ambassador Ton Sinh Thanh highlighted major socio-economic and diplomatic achievements Vietnam has recorded in 2017.

With a growth rate of 6.8 percent, Vietnam has been named in the list of economies posting fastest growth pace worldwide in the year, the diplomat said.

He also highlighted multiple activities marking the 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and India in 2017, which he said will create a foundation for the bilateral relationship to advance further in 2018.

The guests were treated to art performances introducing Vietnamese and Indian cultures, along with traditional Vietnamese dishes.

A similar event was hosted by the embassy in Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, on February 10, along with the launch of a Vietnamese language class for Vietnamese children in Chennai.

Meanwhile, in Russia, the Vietnamese Consulate General in conjunction with Vietnamese associations in Ekaterinburg city, Svetlop province, organised a gathering on February 11 ahead of the Tet festival.

Speaking at the event, Consul General Ngo Phuong Nghi informed the Vietnamese expats in Ekaterinburg about the political, cultural, sports and economic situation in the homeland, and urged them to strengthen solidarity in order to build a strong community.

He pledged to provide the greatest possible support for the expats to run business in the host country in line with Vietnamese and Russian laws.

President of the Vietnamese Association in Ekaterinburge Le Thanh Do said the association will coordinate with the Consulate General to open Vietnamese language classes for Vietnamese children in Ekaterinburg, and step up its relations with local authorities.-VNA