In Kon Tum border province, Tet is also an occasion to introduce the traditional cultural values of Vietnam, thereby promoting and fostering solidarity among Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia.

Lao and Cambodian students at the university

In the province, there are many Lao and Cambodian students studying. During the last days of 2023, Vietnamese students prepared many activities in celebration of the lunar New Year 2024, including introducing the Vietnamese traditional Tet to their Lao and Cambodian peers.

Waiting for celebrating Vietnamese traditional Tet

Early in the morning, students of the three countries of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia gathered to experience Tet activities in Vietnam. They practiced making Chung cakes, bringing a joyful atmosphere as the Tet comes.

Playing tug of war

The University of Da Nang’s Kon Tum campus is home to students from Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. At the university, students have chance to learn about Tet and how to make Chung cakes.

In addition, the Lao and Cambodian students also took the occasion to understand cultures during Tet festival. Xapsopha, a Lao student, was interested in Vietnamese folk games during Tet. “I experienced many folk games on the occasion, such as tug of war and boat racing, among others. I also took part in a boat racing on the Dak Bla River,” he added.

These activities contributed to promoting solidarity and sentiments among them, with no barrier in language and culture.

Making Chung cakes

Vietnamese traditional Tet fosters friendship

There are nearly 30 Lao and Cambodian students studying at the university. To help them get to know more about their cultures, thereby tightening solidarity among the youths, and cultivating friendship among the three countries, Kon Tum province usually organizes joint programs for them, such as sport and cultural exchange. Especially, they took special care to holding activities in celebration of the Vietnamese traditional Tet.

In 2021, amid the COVID-10 pandemic, the Lao and Cambodian students stayed in Vietnam to welcome Tet, and they had exciting experiences here which helped them know more about the Vietnamese culture and people.

According to Deputy Director of the University of Da Nang’s Kon Tum campus Nguyen To Nhu, the school always creates favorable conditions for foreign students to introduce their cultures, as well as learn more about the Vietnamese culture.

“We do hope that this is an opportunity for all students to enjoy the Vietnamese cultural space, thereby introducing the Vietnamese culture to international friends, and promoting friendship among Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia,” she added.

Translated by Minh Anh