Light of Friendship Illuminates Durban, South Africa——First City in Africa Lighted to Express Wishes to Chinese Spring Festival

[Source]    Confucius Institute at Durban University of Technology [Time]    2018-02-19 18:33:38 

On the evening of February 9th local time, the first “Global Tower Lights Up” activity in Africa, launched by Guangzhou Municipal Government and co-organized by the Confucius Institute at Durban University of Technology and Durban-Guangzhou Sister Cities Association, observed a grand opening in Durban’s City Hall. Fawzia Peer, Deputy Mayor of Durban, Wang Jianzhou, Consul-General and Ding Qiao, Deputy Consul-General of the Chinese Consulate General in Durban, Li Jingmin, Head of the Durban-Guangzhou Sister Cities Association, Wu Lin, Director of the Confucius Institute at Durban University of Technology and journalists from all circles attended the ceremony.

The City Hall was immersed in a festive and peaceful atmosphere with red lanterns hung high on the door. The stirring African drumbeats brought dozens of local dancers from Durban on the stage to perform the traditional Zulu dancing and express their sincere New Year wishes for the Chinese. Students from the Confucius Institute at Durban University of Technology gave the performance of traditional Chinese folk dancing. Led by the brisk and lively rhythm, the dancers presented the distinctive charm of Chinese culture in soft and elegant steps.

Performance of Zulu dancing

Performance of traditional Chinese folk dancing

Fawzia Peer expressed in her address that they are delighted to send the New Year wishes from South Africa to Chinese people by illuminating the City Hall. Guangdong Province and KwaZulu-Natal became sister provinces in 2016 and Guangzhou and Durban have also been sister cities for many years. Since there have been increasing exchanges between the two sides in trade, economy and culture in recent years, the common development answers the call of the times. As one of the festivals with the greatest influence in China, the Chinese Spring Festival provides an opportunity for the people in South Africa to understand the Chinese festival culture and experience the festive atmosphere. She expressed special thanks for the important contributions made by the Confucius Institute at Durban University of Technology to promoting the Chinese culture to South Africa and building a platform for cultural exchanges between China and South Africa.

Fawzia Peer delivering a speech

Wang Jianzhou expressed in his speech that the municipal government of Durban had held the lighting ceremony in the City Hall to celebrate the Chinese New Year for the first time, which fully demonstrated that the municipal government attaches high attention on the relations with China as well as the friendship and cooperation with China. The deepening friendship between the government and people of China and South Africa shows that South Africa’s recognition, acknowledgment, respect, and friendly feeling for China and its culture. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of China-South Africa diplomatic relations, and thus the lighting ceremony is of greater significance. The constant development of the relations between China and South Africa has achieved great outcomes and benefited the people of the two countries. It is believed that the friendship and cooperation between the two countries will be deepened under the joint efforts of the two sides.

Wang Jianzhou delivering a speech

The lighting ceremony officially began at 7:30 p.m.. All guests counted down “Five, Four, Three, Two, One” After then, the Chinese red representing festiveness and luckiness was lighted up and “Wish you all a happy Spring Festival” in Chinese resounded on the site. Durban people and overseas Chinese expressed their best wishes for the Spring Festival.

Students and teachers from the Confucius Institute at Durban University of Technology sending the Spring Festival wishes to their motherlands

It is reported that the Canton Tower in Guangzhou of China, the Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower in Shanghai of China, the Macau Tower in Macao Special Administrative Region of China, the Empire State Building in New York, the US, Sydney Tower in Sydney, Australia, the Tokyo Tower in Tokyo, Japan, the Berliner Fernsehturm in Berlin, Germany, and the Ostankino Tower in Moscow, Russia have participated in the activity of “Global Tower Lights Up”.


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