Overseas Vietnamese Celebrate Lunar New Year In France
The event included performances of lion dance and Vietnamese martial arts, a show of “ao dai” (a traditional costume of Vietnam), and traditional dishes, among others.
Speaking at the opening of the program, APCV President, Nguyen Duc Diane Thu Dung said that Vietnamese people in France are always united together for the development of the community and contribute to the host country.
|Lion dance at the beginning of the program. (Photo: MINH DUY)
“And every Tet holiday, we see the eyes, joy, and radiant smiles of overseas Vietnamese coming together and celebrating this happy time. APCV has been accompanying the efforts of the overseas Vietnamese community to honor and promote Vietnamese culture for 5 years now. APCV will take the opportunity from the 2024 Paris Olympics to promote Parisian cultural diversity, affirming that Paris is a joyful, sporty, and culturally rich destination,” she said.
On this occasion, the APCV celebrated its 5th anniversary and introduced a new logo bearing the image of a flying Lac bird, an image often seen on Vietnamese bronze drums. It also received the official decision to establish the Ao Dai Heritage Club in France, in the presence of Vietnamese Ambassador to France Dinh Toan Thang, District 20 Mayor Eric Pliez, and Standing Vice President of Vietnam Ao Dai Heritage Club Hoang Thi Ngoc Mai.
|APCV President, Nguyen Duc Diane Thu Dung. (Photo: KHAI HOAN)
At the event, Professor Phan Van Truong, Vice President of the Foundation to Honor the Vietnamese Language and the National Language, introduced overseas Vietnamese and French friends to the history of the Vietnamese language.
Mayor Éric Pliez said he understands the importance of celebrating traditional Tet with Vietnamese people, contributing to the cultural diversity of the community in France. He emphasized that this is also a significant activity to help French and international friends better understand Vietnam's unique culture.
According to Éric Pliez, this meaningful community activity will be a cultural bridge between Vietnam and France, connecting everyone and spreading good Vietnamese values to French as well as Vietnamese people.
|Éric Pliez, Mayor of District 20, always accompanies the APCV Association to Honor Vietnamese Culture. (Photo: MINH DUY)
Appreciating the contribution of Vietnamese people to the local cultural diversity, he believes that the Vietnamese community will continue to promote its unique strength and cultural values.
Vietnamese Ambassador to France Dinh Toan Thang said that the event was a success as it brought together many representatives of Vietnamese associations, overseas Vietnamese, and French friends.
He said over the past five years, the APCV made efforts to honor Vietnamese culture in France, with unique initiatives, and received great support from the Vietnamese community and French friends.
The year 2024 not only marks the 5-year milestone of APCV's operation but is also the year to promote activities to spread the culture and image of the country and people of Vietnam to a new level. APCV also received the official decision to become Chairman of the Ao Dai Heritage Club in France and Europe.
|The martial arts performed at the event. Photo: KHAI HOAN
Sharing with Nhan Dan Newspaper reporters in France, Duong Mai Huong and her husband, said that organizing the traditional Tet event in the luxurious reception room of District 20 City Hall is a pride of the Vietnamese community in Paris. This activity helps overseas Vietnamese feel the Tet atmosphere even though they are far from home.
André Tambouret and his wife, Kim Hang Tambouret, confided that Tet is a time for families to gather together and an opportunity to see a unified Vietnamese community.
Founded in January 2019, the APCV gathers more than 200 members who are Vietnamese people and foreigners living in five countries, namely France, the US, Sweden, Japan, and Vietnam. In addition to its headquarters in Paris, it has branches in San Francisco (the US), Hanoi, and Ho Chi Minh City.
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