Celebrating the Lunar New Year and bilateral relations with Vietnam, foreign diplomats to Vietnam have given best wishes to the Vietnamese people in the Year of the Cat 2023.
In their special pre-recorded videos for Tuoi Tre News, Dutch Ambassador to Vietnam Kees van Baar, Australian Ambassador to Vietnam Andrew Goledzinowski, and Malaysia's Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Wong Chia Chiann wish Vietnamese people good health, good luck, peace, love and prosperity in the new year.
Embracing the Tet spirit, UK Ambassador to Vietnam Iain Frew and his staff have made banh chung, a traditional Vietnamese rice cake which is made from glutinous rice, mung beans and pork, for the first time.
For Vietnamese people, making banh chung is a way to express gratitude to their ancestors and homeland.
Tet, short for Tet Nguyen Dan, is one of the most important celebrations in Vietnamese culture.
Tet marks the first day of the Lunar New Year and the week-long holiday when Vietnamese people clean their houses to give it a fresh look, visit their relatives and friends, give lucky money to children and elderly people and have a big feast.
Tet is also an occasion for pilgrims and family reunions.
This year, the Tet holiday officially starts from January 20 and ends on January 26. However, many people take longer holidays and the spirit of Tet lasts about a month.