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Happy Chinese New Year –Chinese Communities in Fiji Celebrated the Chinese New Year

Post Time:2015-03-11 23:23  Click Times:2332

More than 900 guests flocked at the Auditorium of Yat Sen School on February 22, 2015 (January 4 of Chinese lunar calendar), to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama of Fiji and his wife, Chargé d'affaires YANG Zhaohui and other staff of the Chinese Embassy in Fiji, teachers and students of the Confucius Institute at the University of the South Pacific (the CI-USP) and overseas Chinese representatives of different fields attended this celebration.

President Jenny Seeto of Fiji Chinese Association expressed her new-year wishes to all the overseas Chinese and showed her appreciation to the Chinese Embassy in Fiji, the CI-USP, and all the communities and sponsors assisting in the organization of the activity.

Mr. YANG Zhaohui, on behalf of the Chinese Embassy in Fiji, extended his sincere new year greetings and blessings to all the Chinese in Fiji and appreciated the contribution that Chinese communities had made in the past years. He said that the Spring Festival is the most important traditional Chinese festival and the precious moment for family reunion. He also affirmed the significant contribution made by Prime Minister Bainimarama of Fiji to the country and the people, who created a safe and stable business environment and provided the Chinese community care, support and guidance, for which the Chinese community had been deeply appreciated. “2015 is the 40th anniversary of establishment of China’s diplomatic relations with Fiji, and the 160th anniversary of the Chinese arrival in Fiji. All overseas Chinese should follow the principles of "in common, co-construction and share” so as to build a harmonious overseas Chinese community in Fiji, which is “cooperative, friendly and vigorous”. said Mr. YANG.

The Prime Minister said the Chinese government had done a lot for the Government in assisting the country when help was needed and he would never forget China’s support and assistance to Fiji. He asked Mr. YANG to convey his sincere gratitude and best wishes to the Chinese government and people. He wished a very happy new year to all the Chinese people, and acknowledged the great contribution the Chinese Fijians had made to the society, economy and culture of Fiji in the past 160 years.

During the celebration, the Chinese lion dance, Chinese folk dance, Chinese martial arts and so on were performed by the teachers and children from Yat Sen School. The Chinese volunteer teacher of the Confucius Institute at USP (CI-USP), Ms. CHEN Yuanyuan, performed a Chinese classic dance. The audience also participated in the interactive games such as tug of war and music chair. The whole auditorium was full of laughter in a merry and vibrant atmosphere.

Amid celebrating the traditional Chinese Spring Festival, this celebration has introduced contemporary Chinese culture, enhanced the friendship between the people of Fiji and China, and expanded the influences of China and the local Chinese communities on the society of Fiji.

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