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Fiji Chinese Communities Celebrate 2014 New Year

Date: February, 14, 2014 11:47 Age: 4 yrs

龙腾虎跃迎新春,盛世欢歌中华情

              ——暨南太孔院与斐济华人欢庆马年新春

 

201422日,农历正月初三,800余名斐济华人华侨及外国来宾在逸仙学校欢聚一堂,共庆马年新春。斐济总理乔萨亚·姆拜尼马拉马及夫人、中国驻斐济大使黄勇先生及夫人、斐济妇女部部长兼斐中友协主席吉科·卢维女士等出席了此次活动。

斐济总理乔萨亚·姆拜尼马拉马首先用汉语“你好”向大家问候,他表示能够与家人同全球10多亿华人共同庆祝中国农历最重要的节日而感到万分高兴,在致辞中他祝愿斐济华侨华人、中国人民和全球华人马年新春快乐,并高度赞赏斐济华人为斐济社会、经济和文化的发展所做的巨大贡献。

团拜会上,演员们表演了精彩的舞狮、扇子舞、彩带舞和大鼓等节目,小朋友们还给观众们带来了欢乐喜庆的歌舞表演“新年好”。在舞狮表演中,姆拜尼马拉马总理饶有兴致地参与了“采青”环节,亲身感受了节日的喜庆气氛。

南太平洋大学孔子学院的汉语教师们为大家准备了形式活泼的中国语言文化知识问答题,使当地华人和外国友人们在欢庆佳节的同时,也能进一步领略中国悠久的历史、灿烂的文化和深邃的语言。观众还参与了拔河、趣味吃面包、抢凳子等互动游戏,现场气氛热烈,笑声不断。

此次活动由中国驻斐济大使馆、斐济华人社团和南太平洋大学孔子学院联合举办,在欢庆中国传统佳节春节的同时,进一步宣传了当代中国及中国文化,增进了中斐两国人民之间的友谊,扩大了中国及斐济华人在斐济社会各界的影响。

此次活动总理携全家19口人一同出席,南太平洋大学孔子学院向总理及家人赠送了印有孔子学院标志的文化衫及孔子学院总部转赠的马年挂历留作纪念。

Fiji Chinese Communities Celebrate the 2014 New Year

 

More than 800 guests got together at Yat Sen School on February 2, 2014 to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The Prime Minister of Fiji Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama and his wife, the Chinese Ambassador to Fiji, Huang Yong and his wife, and the Minister for Women, Social Welfare and Poverty Alleviation Dr. Jiko Luveni attended the activity.

The Prime Minister greeted the audience using Chinese “Ni Hao”, and said he felt very happy that he and his family could celebrate the most important traditional festival of China together with more than 1 billion Chinese people globally. He wished a very happy new year of Horse to all the Chinese people, and acknowledged the great contribution the Chinese Fijians made to the society, economy and culture of Fiji.

During the celebration, the Chinese lion dance, fan dance, ribbon dance and drumming were performed. The children also brought a Happy New Year dance. In the lion performance, the Prime Minister joined in the “Cai Qing” (Plucking the greens) custom, and experienced the happy atmosphere.

The Chinese teachers of the Confucius Institute at USP (CI-USP) prepared some quizzes about Chinese language and culture, so that the audience could also appreciate the long history of China, the profound culture and language when celebrating the festival. The audience also participated in the interactive games, tug of war, eating bread and music chair. The atmosphere was vibrant and happy, full of laughter.

This event was co-hosted by the Chinese Embassy in Fiji, various Chinese associations in Fiji, and the Confucius Institute at the University of the South Pacific. It aimed to celebrate the traditional Chinese Spring Festival, and at the same time, it 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 in the society of Fiji.

The Prime Minister and his family, 19 people, attended this activity. The Confucius Institute at USP presented the T-Shirts with CI-USP logo and the calendar of the Year of Horse from the Confucius Institute Headquarters to his family for a good memory.


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