Overseas Vietnamese in UK celebrate Tet

Tuesday, 17/01/2023 10:00
An event was co-held by the Vietnamese Family Partnership (VFP) and the Vietnamese Association in the UK (VAUK) to celebrate the traditional Lunar New Year Festival (Tet) for overseas Vietnamese in the United Kingdom (UK) on January 15.
A lion dance performance at the event (Photo: VNA) 

During the event, a variety of activities were organized such as lion dances, martial arts performances, ao dai (traditional long dress) show and folk games.

In addition, visitors had a chance to buy traditional Vietnamese specialties for Tet namely jams, “Chung” cake, pork paste, rice paper, among others.

Speaking at the ceremony, Vietnamese Ambassador to the UK Nguyen Hoang Long appreciated the contributions of VFP and VAUK in organising the biggest festival of the year for the Vietnamese community, saying that the Lunar New Year festival is part of a programme to celebrate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and the UK in 2023. He called on the Vietnamese community in the UK to participate in the programme, contributing to fostering the bilateral relations.

He affirmed that the Vietnamese Embassy always accompanies the overseas Vietnamese in community activities, contributing to preserving and promoting the cultural and humane values of the Vietnamese people.

Ms. Vicky Foxcroft, Member of Parliament for Lewisham and Deptford, expressed her pleasure at attending the traditional Tet festival, which is an opportunity for her to meet Vietnamese friends and take part in traditional activities of the Vietnamese New Year. She spoke highly of VFP's role in connecting the Vietnamese communities in Lewisham and Deptford with many activities that help promote and enhance the prestige of Vietnamese in the host country.

According to VAUK Chairman Tang Tuan Tu, the association will do its best to unite 100,000 Vietnamese people who are living and working in the UK to build a strong community, contributing to the further development of Vietnam-UK relations./.