Students of FPT Education all around Vietnam are extremely excited about the upcoming Tet holiday. Not only Vietnamese students await for the upcoming Year of Rooster, many international students are also eager for exciting plans for their first Lunar New Year in Vietnam. Though still being unfamiliar with the culture of Vietnam, students from Australia, Myanmar, Brunei, Nigeria, Lao PDR, etc. are very interested in the activities of Vietnamese friends’ Tet holiday.
Joining in student exchange program during Lunar New Year, Andy Go from Australia feels lucky to have opportunity to experience the culinary arts of Vietnam: “There are a lot of special dishes in Vietnamese cuisine, each kind of dishes has its own flavor. I want to try Banh Chung, spring rolls, and different kinds of Vietnamese tea. In Australia, after New Year’s parade, we also prepare several traditional dishes to celebrate new year together “.
As Tet is right around the corner, people are looking forward to reunion and experiencing the traditional values. Vietnamese students have already prepared to return home and to reunite with their families.
In this special occasion, Andy Go can’t avoid the homesickness feeling: “It’s really blessing to sharing this special time of the year with the special ones. Since it is a long distance from Vietnam to Australia so I cannot go home with my family. In return, I can spend the time to experience the culture of Vietnam and savour more delicious food. In addition, I will also take advantage to visit my relatives in Cambodia this holiday season.”
Sharing the same atmosphere with Andy Go, Aung Kyaw Min said: “Vietnam has a similar culture with Myanmar, my hometown. This is the first time I set foot in Vietnam, but fortunately, my friends, teachers and tutors here are very friendly. We often play games and prepare for the meal together in our dormitory. We created unforgettable memories which help me overcome my homesickness “.
Because of the cold weather and Vietnamese people’s hospitality, those Bruneian students decided to spend their New Year holiday to explore and experience many exciting locations around Hanoi and Ha Long.
With Harith, a Bruneian student, Vietnam is a special country. “When Brunei has a hot and humid weather all year round, Vietnam has a cold winter. Moreover, the traffic in Vietnam is really unique. Everyone is very nice and friendly, even to strangers.” – Harith shared.
Wafiy, another student from Brunei excitedly to put his plan into motion: “I have two weeks to experience the great tourist attractions of Hanoi. My Vietnamese friends have suggested many historic, scenic and recreational centers to visit. I’m going to invite more friends to join with me.”
In addition, international students in FPT University are particularly impressed with the culture of giving lucky money during the beginning of New Lunar Year.
“In Brunei, we also have a similar cultural tradition. Elderly people can put money into envelopes and give them to children. The reason behind this is that older people want to teach kids how to respect money and always be grateful, respectful to adults. I guess in Vietnam, lucky money also means the same. ” Wafiy added.
Najiah, a female student who is fluent in English, Korean and Burmese is very interested in the Vietnamese New Lunar Year greetings: “I attend this international student exchange program to have the opportunity to learn more about the Vietnamese culture and language. I love learning new languages. I would like to send my greetings to friends, teachers and volunteers who have always been helping me. Wishing everyone a lucky and successful new year”.
Following the Bachelor of Business Administration in FPT University, it is the second-time Louis Okereke celebrates his Tet Holiday in Vietnam. He expressed his eagerness toward this special vacation: “The biggest holiday in Nigeria is Christmas day. It’s a chance to the whole family to come together, go to the church together, and have family reunion meals. It’s the same with Tet Holiday in Vietnam. During my time studying here, there is an uncle who treated me as my father. His hometown in Ha Tinh, so I will come to his home and stay there during one week of Tet Holiday. I think it will be a fun season.”
Regardless of nationality or religion, Tet still brings a warm atmosphere to everyone. In Vietnam, they have friends who always ready to become a tour guide, or become a “family member” at any time.