Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnamese community in the Republic of Korea (Year), Belgium and Germany were able to mark their home countries’ biggest and longest annual traditional event – the Lunar New Year (Tet) festival – via associated visits and gatherings over the past few days. .
In the Republic of Korea, a delegation from the Vietnamese Embassy visited two families of Vietnamese women married to Korean men for the holidays. They are Do Thi Thanh Nga in Gyeonggi Province, who has been part of his Korean family for 17 years; and Huynh Thi Thai, 74, in Seoul, one of the first Vietnamese women to marry Korean men since 1973.
Charge d’Affaires Nguyen Viet Anh said the happiness and achievements the two families have achieved are vivid proof of the special “marital relationship” between the nations.
He expressed his wish that these multicultural families continue to contribute more to the common development of the Vietnam-RoK relationship, which has just been transformed into a comprehensive strategic partnership.
In Belgium, the General Association of Vietnamese in Belgium (GAVB) organized a Tet art program by a troupe from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.
Huynh Cong My, chairman of GAVB, said the organization wants to bring the traditional atmosphere of Tet to Vietnamese living abroad, helping them remember their homeland and strengthen bonds within the expatriate community. .
Vietnam’s Ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg, Nguyen Van Thao, stressed that the Party and the state always regard the overseas Vietnamese community as an integral part and an important resource of Vietnam.
Numbering just over 13,000 people, the Vietnamese expatriate community in Belgium has integrated well into the host country, complied with the law and been highly regarded by local authorities.
In Germany, the Vietnamese Association of Leipzig held a celebratory ceremony to welcome the Year of the Cat, bringing together Vietnamese living and studying in the city – one of the few German localities establishing twinning relationships with Vietnamese localities.
Addressing the event, head of the association Bui Quang Huy said that with a population of nearly 4,000 people, the Vietnamese community in Leipzig is considered the strongest foreign community, making positive contributions. . He also expressed his wish for greater support from local authorities for the solidarity, integration and growth of the group.
Echoing this view, Minister-Counsellor Chu Tuan Duc of the Vietnamese Embassy said the community has also contributed significantly to Vietnam-Germany relations.
Leipzig authorities took the opportunity to thank Vietnamese expatriates for their contributions to the city.
Similar events of traditional Vietnamese meals and musical performances also took place in other regions of Germany such as Cottbus, Rostock and Dessau./.