Mr Li Xuda, the Cultural Counselor, the Chinese Embassy in Nigeria says the 2018 China New Year celebration is dedicated to strengthening bilateral relationships with Nigeria.
Xuda on Saturday in Abuja on the sideline of the 2018 Chinese New Year Temple Fair Festival with the theme,“ “Celebrating the Golden Era for China-Nigeria relations’’.
According to him, the theme of this year’s Temple Fair is to further strengthen Sino-Nigerian exchanges and cooperation in all fields
“2018 Chinese New Year is being celebrated by Chinese across the globe to mark the start of the Lunar Year of the Dog and the Spring Festival.
“The annual cultural event, ‘Happy Chinese New Y
ear’ has become a recognised brand, welcoming our guest and friends to experience cultural traditions associated with the celebration and enjoy art performances,’’ he said.
Xuda said that the Chinese New Year celebrations are emblematic of the cultural tradition, heritage and aesthetic aspirations of the Chinese nation, abounding in distinctive Chinese symbols of great emotional appeal.
He noted that the tradition of such celebrations in China dated back to more than 4000 years.
He said the celebration also included the display of Chinese New Year couples, fireworks, preparing `jiaozi’ and family reunion, among others.
The highlights of the event was the Chinese Cultural presentation by the “12 “China Corners Schools’’ in the Federal Capital Territory.
The schools include Model Secondary School, Maitama, Government Secondary School (GSS) Byazhin, GSS Gwarinpa, GSS Jabi, GSS Apo and GSS Mpape.
Others are Rahama International School, GSS Garki, Government Day Secondary School, Dutse Alhaji, Army Day Secondary School, Asokoro and Government Girls Secondary School Dutse.