Nostalgia and National Pride at Vietnam Family Festival in Belgium
|Vietnamese Family Festival with a variety of activities contributes to the cohesion of Vietnamese families.|
Vietnam Family Festival is a traditional event held by the General Union of Vietnamese in Belgium (UGVB) to strengthen ties and solidarity among the Vietnamese community in the Kingdom of Belgium. At the same time, it highlights the role of Vietnamese families in preserving the national culture and traditional identity, while integrating with the host country.
After being called off for one year due to the pandemic, Vietnam Family Festival 2021 is an opportunity for Vietnamese families and children to gather, have fun and share the traditional values and help children born and raised abroad understand better about the Mid-Autumn Festival.
|Children play with lanterns during Vietnam Family Festival..|
Speaking at the festival, Vietnam Ambassador to Belgium Nguyen Van Thao said that the Vietnamese Family Festival with its diverse activities contributed to unite overseas families, many of those couples are both Vietnamese, others are families of a Vietnam marrying a foreigner, helped them better understand Vietnamese culture, thereby passing their attachment to the homeland's culture to their children.
|At the festival, the children could enjoy the lion dance, a traditional activity of Vietnam during the Mid-Autumn Festival, lantern parade, and fun photography.|
Huynh Cong My, President of UGVB expressed his joy that the event received enthusiastic responses from families, contributing to improving the spirit life of the overseas community.
Expressing his joy when participating in the festival, Béa Diallo, Alderman of Ixelles, highly appreciated the event, especially in the context that Belgium had well-controlled the complicated pandemic. Ixelles is home to the largest Vietnamese community in Brussels and has the highest concentration of Vietnamese restaurants.
|Magic show for children.|
Bea Diallo said the Vietnamese community in Belgium in general and in Ixelles in particular promoted their cultural identity and integrated with the host country. He believed that the community would promote its strengths in preserving the homeland's identity while contributing to further enriching the cultural life of the host country.
At the festival, the children could enjoy the lion dance, a traditional activity of Vietnam during the Mid-Autumn Festival, lantern parade, and fun photography. They participated in a talent show with singing, dancing, and martial arts performances.
|Vietnamese children are excited about lion dance performances.|
Also on this occasion, the Vietnam Trade Office in Belgium held a food festival to introduce to overseas Vietnamese and Belgian friends traditional dishes such as pho, spring roll. In particular, the mooncake stall offered the overseas community in Belgium the taste of the country's traditional Mid-Autumn, bringing them closer to their homeland.
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