|Dr. Nguyen Duy Nhien Chairman of the General Association of Overseas Vietnamese in the Czech Republic.
The General Association of Overseas Vietnamese in the Czech Republic has made elaborate preparations to ensure that overseas Vietnamese (OVs) enjoy a warm and happy Tet and introduce Vietnam’s traditional culture to other people in their country of residence. Mr Nhien said.
On the occasion, Voice of Vietnam (VOV) has interviewed Dr. Nguyen Duy Nhien about the Tet preparations for OVs in the Czech Republic.
Reporter: 2017 continued to be a year of challenges for the Vietnamese community in the Czech Republic. What are the biggest challenges facing Vietnamese expats over the past year?
Dr. Nguyen Duy Nhien: At the beginning of 2017, many OVs were worried about how to deal with the Czech Republic’s Electronic records of sales (EET) and its effect on Vietnamese businesses operating in the country but in the end they have overcome these difficulties.
A number of seminars co-hosted by the General Association of Overseas Vietnamese and the Business Association have helped OVs fully grasp the new laws and regulations coming into effect in the Czech Republic, especially the EET regulations, which have showed little change up to this year.
Reporter: In this context, how does the association prepare to bring a happy and warm Tet for OVs in the Czech Republic?
Dr. Nguyen Duy Nhien: Vietnamese people both at home and abroad are looking towards the upcoming lunar New Year festival with great success for each family and the whole community.
At a recent annual conference, we emphasized the importance of paying special attention to the spiritual life of OVs apart from their material life by organizing meaningful events for OVs, especially the two major yearly events of the Mid-Autumn festival for children and the Lunar New Year festival for OVs.
This year, the General Association of Overseas Vietnamese held a Tet get-together for OVs on February 9 (24th day of December of the lunar month) and a Tet exchange with OVs in Prague on February 10, thereby signifying the comprehensive integration of the Vietnamese community in the Czech Republic.
Reporter: What are the association’s major preparations for this year’s Tet compared to previous years?
Dr. Nguyen Duy Nhien: A large number of Czech friends are invited to join all Tet celebration activities, showing comprehensive integration of the Vietnamese community in the country of residence. We also hosted a special Tet program at Sa Pa Trade Centre for OVs in this region, exemplifying the solidarity of Vietnamese people as well as people from other nations living in the Czech Republic and the native Czechs.
Reporter: Tet celebration for OVs is to educate younger generations growing up in the Czech Republic about the culture and traditions of the home country. How does the General Association of Overseas Vietnamese pay heed to this?
Dr. Nguyen Duy Nhien: Thorough preparations for Tet have been made to showcase the real Tet atmostphere in Vietnam such as Chung cake wrapping, folk games, and Vietnamese cuisine and culture to help the second generation in Czech Republic learn more about Vietnamese traditions and customs.
It is worth noting that the typical icons of Hanoi and HCM City such as Hoan Kiem Lake and Ben Thanh market have been reflected in preparations for the traditional event. The Vietnamese customs of giving lucky money to children and the elderly, and extending Tet wishes to organizations and agencies are still followed.
Reporter: What is the association’s assistance for Vietnamese people in more remote and border areas, and the solitary elderly?
Dr. Nguyen Duy Nhien: A Tet get-together has been held for them. We have also extended our best regards and presented Tet gifts to patients in hospitals and to any Vietnamese prisoners in detention centres around Czech Republic.
Reporter: What do you want to say to people at home and abroad, especially OVs in the Czech Republic on the occasion of the lunar New Year festival?
Dr. Nguyen Duy Nhien: On behalf of the General Association of Overseas Vietnamese in the Czech Republic, we would like to extend our best New Year wishes with good health, success, and prosperity to the Vietnamese community in the country of residence and all other nations around the world.
Reporter: Thank you very much.