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Far from home, Vietnamese people welcome Lunar New Year

Hannah Nguyen Hannah Nguyen

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February 08, 2021 | 08:28

On February 5-6 , all the staff members of the Embassy of Vietnam in New Delhi (India) and families got-together to make Banh Chung (Square Cakes) and Banh Tet (round glutinous rice cake), traditional dishes for the Lunar New Year (Tet) festival.

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Tet is perhaps the most challenging time for all Vietnamese diplomats away from the family. Most of them cannot come home to reunite with families and friends and enjoy the special ambience of Tet.

According to Vietnam's Embassy in New Delhi, all the ingredients had been prepared for weeks. Stick rice was brought to New Delhi from Vietnam.

Tet, which is also called as Lunar New Year, is the traditional festival of the Vietnamese. That’s the occasion that bring home all the family members who work or study far away from the family and offer a wide range of flavors and tastes, from Banh Chung to Nem (spring rolls), Canh Mang (bamboo shoots Soup), pickled small leeks, jelly meat and all types of fruit jams and sweets.

Banh Chung is a traditional Vietnamese rice cake which is made from glutinous rice, mung beans, pork and other ingredients. In New Delhi, people could not find “la dong”, so that they had to use the banana leaves instead. For that, banana leaves needed cleaning and boiling to make it softer and easier for wrapping.

When all things were done, all the members enjoyed a year-end party together to celebrate the outcome of one day and a half hard work. Due to the restrictions linked to the pandemic prevention, all the work were done just among the embassy staff members and family, and friends.

Far from home, overseas Vietnamese people welcome Lunar New Year
Staff members of the Embassy of Vietnam in New Delhi (India) and families celebrated and tried to get a flavor of it by one way and another. Without Chung Cakes, it would not be Tet.

Elsewhere, Tet celebrations have been organised worldwide to help Vietnamese people living abroad enjoy a warm and familiar traditional New Year festival.

On February 6 evening, the Vietnamese Embassy in China held a get-together to celebrate Tet for staff of the embassy and Vietnamese representatives and Vietnamese families in Beijing.

Chargé d'Affaires Pham Thanh Binh informed the participants of Vietnam’s political and socio-economic achievements in the past year, wishing the Vietnamese community in China continue supporting each other and contributing more to the country.

Far from home, overseas Vietnamese people welcome Lunar New Year
A performance at Vietnamese Embassy in China to welcome Tet. Photo: VNA

On the same day, the Vietnamese Association in Vientiane, Laos, organised a programme offering participants a chance to wrap Chung cake, a traditional cake of Vietnamesee people during Tet holiday.

After the programme, 300 Chung cakes were presented to families living in difficult circumstances in the capital city.

Warm Tet celebrations were also held in other ASEAN member tsates such as Cambodia, Indonesia and Singapore, and in Canada./.

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Hannah Nguyen