Harry Nguyen, an overseas Vietnamese living in Miami city, Florida, the USA, always feel more homesick when Tet is coming.

The last Tet he experienced in Vietnam was in 1983. The reunion time when families get together to enjoy traditional meals always stays in his mind. For nearly ten years living far from the country, he has always wanted to have the chance to welcome Tet in the Fatherland again.

Harry Nguyen and his family at Bai Dinh Pagoda (Ninh Binh province) in July 2017

For him, a 54-year old man, nowhere can bring such a cozy atmosphere of Tet like the festivities in his hometown. “Although I am living in the USA and have become part of that community, I still feel comforted when I am back in Vietnam. Maybe the Vietnamese culture was imbued inside me”, he said.

Many expatriates could understand his feelings, especially on the occasion of Tet holiday.

In 2013, Harry Nguyen returned to his home country for the first time after a 30 year absence. He was surprised at the homeland’s changes and development. Last summer, Harry Nguyen and his family did a trip to Vietnam again. “If I have the chance, I will return to Vietnam to enjoy the original Tet atmosphere with peach and apricot blossoms, Vietnamese traditional foods and best wishes on the holiday”, added Harry.

Translated by Minh Anh