This is a traditional activity organized annually by the General Association of Overseas Vietnamese in Belgium to strengthen ties and solidarity among the Vietnamese community in the Kingdom of Belgium, and at the same time uphold the role of the Vietnamese family in preserving their culture and traditional identity, while integrating into the society of the host country.
At the event (Photo: VNA)
After a year of shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Vietnam Family Day this year is an opportunity for Vietnamese families and children to meet, have fun and share the traditional values of Vietnamese families, as well as help children born and growing up abroad understand more about the traditional Mid-Autumn Festival of Vietnamese children.
Speaking at the festival, Vietnamese Ambassador to Belgium, Head of the Vietnamese Mission to the European Union (EU), Nguyen Van Thao emphasized that Vietnam Family Day with many activities contributes to connecting Vietnamese families, helping them better understand Vietnamese culture, thereby passing on the attachment to Vietnamese culture to their children.
Mr. Huynh Cong My, President of the General Association of Overseas Vietnamese in Belgium, expressed his pleasure that the Vietnam Family Day and Mid-Autumn Festival have received enthusiastic responses from families, helping to improve the spiritual life of the Vietnamese community.
Expressing his joy at participating in the event, Mr. Béa Diallo, Vice President of Ixelles District, highly appreciated the initiative of the Vietnamese community to organize this event, especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic being well controlled in Belgium. He praised the Vietnamese community in Belgium in general and in Ixelles district in particular, promoting its cultural identity and effective integration into the host country.
Ixelles is the district with the largest concentration of Vietnamese, as well as Vietnamese restaurants in Brussels.
At the festival, children watched the lion dance, a traditional Vietnamese activity during the Mid-Autumn Festival, Mid-autumn lantern procession, and took pictures. The children also participated in showing their talents through art and martial arts performances.
On this occasion, Vietnamese people and Belgian friends enjoyed traditional Vietnamese dishes such as noodle soup (pho) and fried spring rolls.
Particularly, the moon cake stall brought the taste of Vietnam's traditional Mid-Autumn Festival to the Vietnamese community in Belgium, helping them feel close to the homeland./.