[Photos] Foreign Ambassadors Experience Vietnamese Tet

The traditional Tet (Lunar New Year) festival, imbued with Vietnamese identity, has left an indelible mark on the hearts of foreign diplomats in Vietnam.
January 18, 2023 | 11:42

Norwegian and Bristish diplomats experienced some customs during the Lunar New Year in Vietnam.

Foreign Ambassadors Experience Vietnamese Tet
Norwegian Ambassador to Vietnam Hilde Solbakken and her family ask for calligraphy in Vietnamese in Van Mieu Quoc Tu Giam or Temple of Literature. Photo: VNA
Foreign Ambassadors Experience Vietnamese Tet
The tradition of collecting letters has become part of Vietnamese culture whenever the Lunar New Year arrives. Photo: VNA
Foreign Ambassadors Experience Vietnamese Tet
The Norwegian Ambassador asks for “Xanh” (green) calligraphy, which symbolises hope for peace in the world, especially in the context of formidable challenges around the globe. Photo: VNA
Foreign Ambassadors Experience Vietnamese Tet
Through the calligraphy, the Ambassador expects that Vietnam and Norway will see further cooperation in the fields of green economy, the circular economy, and energy transition. Photo: VNA
Foreign Ambassadors Experience Vietnamese Tet
She also asks for “Hanh Phuc” (Happiness) calligraphy to have happiness year-round. Photo: VNA
Foreign Ambassadors Experience Vietnamese Tet
Decorating home with apricot blossoms for Tet. Source: Norwegian Embassy in Hanoi
Foreign Ambassadors Experience Vietnamese Tet
This will be the first Tet in Vietnam for her and family. Source: Norwegian Embassy in Hanoi
Foreign Ambassadors Experience Vietnamese Tet
"Tet is a time for peace and love, and I wish the Vietnamese people a joyful and relaxing Tet with the people they love, savouring traditional foods and reflecting on achievements in the past year and goals for the next. I know the setence 'Chúc mừng Năm mới' in Vietnamese. But I am also practicing a longer sentence 'I wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous year of the cat!' the ambassador shared with the World and Vietnam Report.
Foreign Ambassadors Experience Vietnamese Tet
Bristish Ambassador to Vietnam Iain Frew also embraced the pre-Tet spirit. Source: Bristish embassy in Vietnam
Foreign Ambassadors Experience Vietnamese Tet
He learns how to make Banh Chung or squared sticky rice cake. Source: Bristish embassy in Vietnam
Foreign Ambassadors Experience Vietnamese Tet
Dressed in ao dai, British Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Emily Hamblin and members of the consulate came to visit the Vietnamese New Year Festival at the Thanh Nien Cultural House. Source: British Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City.
Foreign Ambassadors Experience Vietnamese Tet
She was appointed as British Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City on September 22, 2020, as one of the youngest Consul General among foreign diplomats working in Ho Chi Minh City. Source: British Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City.
Foreign Ambassadors Experience Vietnamese Tet
The British Consul General is very fond of Vietnamese calligraphy writing. Source: British Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City.
Foreign Ambassadors Experience Vietnamese Tet
Accompanying Emily on her spring trip was British Deputy Consul General - Sam Wood. Source: British Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City.
Foreign Ambassadors Experience Vietnamese Tet
He also enjoyed the colorful and bustling scene of the Vietnamese Lunar New Year Festival, besides the traditional calligraphy writing. Source: British Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City.
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