The Vietnamese Embassy in Egypt organised a celebration on February 9 to welcome the traditional Lunar New Year of the Snake.

The event drew the participation of Vietnamese people in Egypt , embassy staff, agencies and international friends.

Addressing the function, Vietnamese Ambassador Dao Thanh Chung reviewed the country’s achievements, including in external affairs and international integration.

Vietnam and Egypt will mark their 50 th anniversary of diplomatic ties in 2013, said the ambassador, adding that stronger development will boost bilateral relations between the two countries.

In the warm atmosphere of the celebration, Vietnamese people listened to President Truong Tan Sang’s New Year message, and enjoyed the performances of staff and students living in Egypt .

Also on February 9, overseas Vietnamese and French guests gathered at the Vietnamese Culture Centre in France (VCCF) to mark the Lunar New Year festival. The event is one of numerous VCCF activities to celebrate Tet.

An exhibition called “Vietnamese traditional Tet” by artist Vuong Pat Cam, featured simple yet pure Vietnamese decorations, which are typical of the Tet holiday in Vietnam.-VNA