04/02/2016 09:30 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

Overseas Vietnamese celebrate year of the monkey

Hanoi, February 3 (VNA) – Vietnam’s embassies in the Czech Republic and Republic of Korea have organised various events to welcome the traditional Lunar New Year (Tet).

On February 2, the agency in the Czech capital city of Prague held a banquet, attended by 200 local senior officials and representatives from the Vietnamese expatriate community.

Speaking at the ceremony, Czech Parliament’s Chamber of Deputies (lower house) Vice Chairman Vojtech Filip wished for Vietnamese people to have happiness and health, to fill the year of the monkey with success and luck.

The banquet featured arranged scenes portraying traditional Tet activities in Vietnam, including visiting flower markets, worshiping ancestors, and seeking words written by calligraphers.

Ambassador Truong Manh Son said these scenes aim to help foreign guests understand a fascinating part of Vietnam’s culture.

February 2016 also marks 66-year of relations between Vietnam and the Czech Republic.

A day earlier, the Vietnam Embassy in the Republic of Korea (RoK) hosted a get-together and a musical concert that gathered more than 300 overseas Vietnamese to herald the upcoming Tet.

From January 24 to 31, a series of New Year activities was held across the country, bringing joy to Vietnamese workers there.

The expat community living in the RoK have donated blankets and clothes for their countrymen residing in northwest Vietnam, on which a dreadful cold spell recently took its toll.