The Tet holiday is no less special for Vietnamese citizens who, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, cannot travel back to their homeland for the most special time of year. Instead, they have found creative and imaginative ways to celebrate in their adopted countries. Nguyen Thi Minh Thu, owner of Spar supermarket in the Zonhoven region in Belgium, introduces lean pork paste, a traditional Tet food, to local people in her town. VNA/VNS Photo Huong Giang Vietnamese businesswoman Nguyen Thi Minh Lien is one of those who cannot travel back to Vietnam this year. She is the director of a private Vietnamese product import company in Brussels and is always busy with her job. She spends most of her time studying European standards of imported goods and seeking ways to bring more Vietnamese agricultural products to Belgian markets. She has learnt how to operate the accounting and administrative system of Belgium and the spending habits of local consumers. Lien works almost … [Read more...] about Distance doesn’t stop overseas Vietnamese from finding special ways to celebrate Tet
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Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many overseas Vietnamese students will not be able to return to Vietnam to celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year holidays (Tet). Hoang Thi Phuong, 19, a freshman at GUu State University of Management (Russia), said: "This is my first year away from home. I have to do everything by myself, sometimes I miss home a lot.” Hoang Thi Phuong. To celebrate the Lunar New Year, the Vietnamese student association in Russia organized a cooking contest which helped with Phuong’s homesickness. She will have a New Year’s Eve party with her dormitory friends. For Nguyen Huyen My, a student at Université catholique de l'Ouest (UCO), France, this is the third year welcoming the New Year in a foreign land. Nguyen Huyen My. Huyen My said that most of the time she learns directly at the school and online only in case of force majeure. This year, My cannot return home when the cost of travel and quarantine is about 6,000 dollars. … [Read more...] about The Lunar New Year of overseas Vietnamese students
Another year! You survived one more rotation of the earth! And you’re still in one piece! Today is a great one to celebrate regardless of the condition of your bank account, love life or job – you are still alive! Amazing, isn’t it! Yayyy! I know you are feeling okay because you’re actually able to read this. If you are still hung over from New Year’s Eve, sleeping it off or passed out in District 1 in Ho Chi Minh City, clearly you have no idea what I’m writing about. Eggs, bacon and one Bloody Mary, please! I wonder what do vegans use for a hang-over cure? So what’s in store for 2019? Well, for expats, more visa runs. For the Viet Kieu, more haggling over new hotel construction contracts and for the locals, time to start a new business! Probably a shop selling the same thing as the other fifty shops in the same street. At least Vietnamese are optimists! Depends on how you want to look at it… are you an optimist or a pessimist? Do you read a lot of fake news? Is your life … [Read more...] about New Year’s Day…Here we go again!
HÀ NỘI — The Ambassador of Israel to Việt Nam Nadav Eshcar recently surprised the public by performing the song Ngày Tết quê em (New Year's Day in my hometown) in Vietnamese. During the music video, Ambassador Eshcar and his driver Nguyễn Lương visited beautiful places in Hà Nội during Tết such as Quảng An flower market, Trấn Quốc pagoda, and Hàng Mã street. He also drank iced tea, a street drink of Hà Nội and tried a sidewalk haircut. Ambassador Eshcar (left) and his driver Nguyễn Lương in the music video. — Photo courtesy of Embassy Of Israel In Việt Nam Notably, the Israeli diplomat also added a bit of his hometown identity to the song by performing part of it in Hebrew. He said the song is a New Year's greeting for Vietnamese friends. This is the fifth and last Tết of Ambassador Eshcar in Việt Nam. In past Tết holidays, he has experienced making bánh chưng with kindergarten students, writing calligraphy and learning how to make áo dài (Vietnamese … [Read more...] about Ambassador of Israel to Việt Nam releases Vietnamese music video for Lunar New Year
HCMC leaders offer incense and flowers at the HCMC Martyrs Cemetery. (Photo: SGGP) The delegation included Mr. Truong Hoa Binh, former Politburo Member, former Standing Deputy Prime Minister; Mr. Le Thanh Hai, former Politburo Member, former Secretary of the HCMC Party Committee; Mrs. Truong My Hoa, former Secretary of the Party Central Committee, former Vice President of Vietnam; Mr. Phan Van Mai, Member of the Party Central Committee, Standing Deputy Secretary of the HCMC Party Committee, Chairman of the HCMC People's Committee; Ms. Nguyen Thi Le, Deputy Secretary of the HCMC Party Committee, Chairwoman of the HCMC People's Council; Ms. To Thi Bich Chau, Member of the Standing Committee of the HCMC Party Committee, Chairwoman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee in HCMC; Mr. Nguyen Phuoc Loc, Member of Standing Committee of HCMC Party Committee, Head of Organization Department of the HCMC Party Committee; Mr. Le Thanh Liem, Member of the Standing Committee of the HCMC Party … [Read more...] about HCMC leaders commemorate heroes, martyrs on occasion of Lunar New Year
In his remarks, Ambassador Dinh Toan Thang expressed his sympathies for Vietnamese expatriates over their COVID-19-induced difficulties. He said he is proud to see the Vietnamese community in France integrating well, preserving their traditional culture and tradition, and contributing to their home nation, particularly regarding Vietnam’s response to the pandemic. The diplomat wished the expats a lunar new year of happiness, health, prosperity. On the occasion, Thang presented the Prime Minister’s certificate of merit to the Association of Vietnamese in France (UGVF) for its outstanding achievements in consolidating and developing the Vietnamese community in France. He also handed over the head of the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs’ certificates of merit to individuals and organizations with significant contributions to Vietnam’s COVID-19 prevention and control. Participating associations affirmed Vietnamese people in France always care for their fatherland, … [Read more...] about Vietnamese Embassy in France holds Tet celebration