HEADLINE Multi-ethnic groups celebrate Chinese New Year in Wellington

HEADLINE

Multi-ethnic groups celebrate Chinese New Year in Wellington

Chinaculture.org

04:46, February 08, 2018

Shen Ming (left), cultural director of the Chinese Embassy to New Zealand, explains the meaning of his Spring Festival couplet at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Happy Chinese New Year celebration at the Pipitea Marae & Function Centre in Wellington, New Zealand, Jan 30, 2018. [Photo/Chinaculture.org]

On Jan 30, the opening ceremony for the 2018 Chinese New Year festivities was held in Wellington, New Zealand.

Co-organized by the China Cultural Center in New Zealand and the Multicultural Council of Wellington, the event kicked off this year's Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations in the country.

Qu Guangzhou, the charge d'affaires of the Chinese Embassy to New Zealand; Jenny Salesa, minister for Ethnic Communities in New Zealand; Guo Zongguang, director of the China Cultural Center in New Zealand and many other Chinese and New Zealand officials attended the event, along with over 300 locals with multiple ethnic backgrounds. 

Artists play the drums at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Happy Chinese New Year celebration at the Pipitea Marae & Function Centre in Wellington, New Zealand, Jan 30, 2018. [Photo/Chinaculture.org]

Qu addressed the opening ceremony, saying that China has become New Zealand's largest trading partner, thanks to the increasingly growing bilateral political trust and closer people-to-people and cultural exchanges between the two nations.

Salesa wowed the audience with her "Happy Chinese New Year" greetings in Mandarin. She said that New Zealand boasts over 200 ethnic groups and 160 languages and the Chinese community has become a major ethnic group that adds to the richness of New Zealand society.

Chinese children perform the folk dance, Paper-cutting Girls, at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Happy Chinese New Year celebration at the Pipitea Marae & Function Centre in Wellington, New Zealand, Jan 30, 2018. [Photo/Chinaculture.org]

The China Cultural Center in New Zealand and the Multicultural Council of Wellington signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation for 2018 to promote multicultural prosperity in Wellington.

The ceremony featured a variety of performances presented by the China Cultural Center in New Zealand, including dances, Taiji sword performance and a paper umbrella show.

A photo exhibition on the 2017 global Happy Chinese New Year celebrations was held at the event.

A dancer performs an Indian dance at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Happy Chinese New Year celebration at the Pipitea Marae & Function Centre in Wellington, New Zealand, Jan 30, 2018. [Photo/Chinaculture.org]

Guests enjoy the photos of the photography exhibition on 2017 global Happy Chinese New Year celebration at the Pipitea Marae & Function Centre in Wellington, New Zealand, Jan 30, 2018. [Photo/Chinaculture.org]

Qu Guangzhou, the charge d'affaires of the Chinese Embassy to New Zealand, addresses the opening ceremony of the 2018 Happy Chinese New Year celebration at the Pipitea Marae & Function Centre in Wellington, New Zealand, Jan 30, 2018. [Photo/Chinaculture.org]

Jenny Salesa, minister for Ethnic Communities in New Zealand, speaks on behalf of the New Zealand government and extends her best wishes for the Chinese Lunar New Year at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Happy Chinese New Year celebration at the Pipitea Marae & Function Centre in Wellington, New Zealand, Jan 30, 2018. [Photo/Chinaculture.org]

Lion dancers welcome guests at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Happy Chinese New Year celebration at the Pipitea Marae & Function Centre in Wellington, New Zealand, Jan 30, 2018. [Photo/Chinaculture.org]

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