Special Tet Event for Vietnamese Students Studying in Singapore
More than 100 Vietnamese students studying in Singapore gathered at the Embassy of Vietnam on January 28 to mark the approaching Year of Dragon 2024, VNA reported.
The event, organized by the Association of Vietnamese Students in Singapore, treated participants to myriad activities honoring Vietnam’s traditional celebration of the Lunar New Year (Tet in Vietnamese) and is the nation’s longest holiday.
|Vietnamese students at the event. Photo: VNA
They learnt to make ‘banh chung’ (square glutinous rice cake) and dried coconut flakes – the two typical culinary delights of the festive event. The students also engaged in puzzle games, testing their knowledge of their home country’s culture, history, and geography.
Addressing the celebration, Vietnamese Ambassador Mai Phuoc Dung lauded activities held by the association so far.
He affirmed that the association has helped create a playground, attracting Vietnamese students to interact, share knowledge and skills, and support one another.
Celebrated since ancient times, Tet not only is a spiritual event that marks the change from one lunar year to the next, but also embodies Vietnamese people’s custom and beliefs. This year, the associated holiday in Vietnam lasts seven days from February 8 to 14.
|Making banh chung at the event. Source: Huyen Leyva
Nguyen Thuy Quynh, president of the Vietnamese Student Association in Singapore, said that this is the third year the association has organized traditional Tet activities for Vietnamese students studying in Singapore.
The association wants to bring students in Singapore together through traditional activities so that they can maintain the cultural beauty of Vietnam even though they are far away from home.
This is one of a series of activities to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the establishment of the Vietnamese Student Association in Singapore.
More than 100 banh chung will be delivered to students after this event.
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