Vietnamese people in Cyprus meet in early New Year

For the first time, the Vietnamese community in the Republic of Cyprus organized a program to welcome the new spring in the coastal city of Limassol.

Photo: VNA

The program was organized by the Community–based Working Board, Vietnam - Cyprus Friendship and Entrepreneurs Association and Cypriot friends.

It was organized besides the beautiful beach of the city of Limassol. During the program, many art items traditional long dress and unique costumes of ethnic minorities in northwestern region and folk games of Vietnam were performed.

Mr. Loullis Papamichai, a Cypriot friend and director of a event organizing company and Mr. Dinos Michalides, representative for the Vietnam - Cyprus Friendship and Entrepreneurs Association and a Vietnamese son-in-law made great contributions to the success of the event.

At the event, Vietnamese people were also moved when Mr. Andreas Christou, Major of Limassol City and Mr. George Christophides, Vietnamese Honour Consul to Cyprus, gave lucky money in red envelops to Vietnamese children according to the traditional customs at the Lunar New Year Festival of Vietnam.

The Major of the Limassol City expressed his honor to attend the event and said that the program brought the image of a beautiful and diversified culture of Vietnam.

"We have seen your culture integrating with the cultural diversity of Cyprus during Carnaval Festival. On the occasion of the Lunar New Year of Vietnam, the local administration will be ready to create conditions and always welcome you so that we contribute to building the cooperative relations between the two countries, especially in economics," he said.

"I am very proud of the Vietnamese community and I commit to share difficulties and protect your legitimate interests. We share the same roof and in this place, Cyprus, you will always have a warm family," affirmed Mr. George Christophides.

Being the first time in Cyprus after 15 years, after much effort and support from the Vietnamese Embassy in Italy and Cyprus, Vietnamese Honour Consul to Cyprus, the local administration and Cypriot friends, the Vietnamese community had an official festival./.


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