“From Madison Street to Madison Avenue”
2018 Chinese New Year Celebration a Spectacle to witness

[Source]    Confucius Institute for Business at State University of New York [Time]    2018-02-27 09:25:14 

On February 10th, local time, 2018 Chinese New Year Celebration was held in Manhattan, New York. The event was jointly held by the Confucius Institute for Business at State University of New York, Chinatown Business Improvement District, Madison Avenue Business Improvement District and Midtown East Manhattan Business District.

At around 11 in the morning, the event was kicked off with dragon and lion dances in Upper East Side of Manhattan. Liz Krueger, New York Congressman, Gale Brewer, Borough President of Manhattan, and Matthew Bauer, President of Madison Avenue Business Improvement District, Zhang Qiyue, Chinese Consul-General of the Chinese Consulate General in New York, Xu Yongji, Education Counselor of the Chinese Consulate General, Maryalice Mazzara, Foreign Director of the Confucius Institute for Business at State University of New York, and Yao Jie, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute for Business at State University of New York, attended the event.

Guests at the opening ceremony

Zhang Qiyue said in the speech that the Spring Festival celebration overseas had become an important window for Americans to better understand China. The event introduced China and traditional Chinese culture to the American people in a unique and fascinating way and enhanced the friendship between the two peoples through joyous interaction and cultural communication. She expressed her gratitude to the organizations including the Confucius Institute for their endeavor in promoting the China-US exchanges. She also wished a thriving future for China-US friendship.

Zhang Qiyue delivering a speech

Liz Krueger said that the public schools in New York had set the Chinese Spring Festival as a common holiday for both Chinese and Americans. The event is of special significance of promoting the China-US friendship.

Gale Brewer believed the event would boost the interaction and cooperation among all business circles in the Manhattan District and the cooperation between China and the US in business and trade. With increasingly close business and trade exchanges, China and the US enjoy stable foundation and broad prospect for cooperation, which will surely bring win-win results.

Accompanied by sonorous drum and gong beats, the dragon dance and lion dance teams paraded on Madison Avenue, attracting many passers-by. The spectacle amused the ebullient audience on Madison Avenue and celebrated the Chinese New Year with them.

Team of lion dance

During the celebration, the Confucius Institute and Harman store on the Madison Avenue jointly held the Spring Festival performances, presenting shows with distinctive Chinese characteristics. The shows included Taiji, martial arts, folk music duet, face-changing performance of Sichuan Opera and puppet dance. The themed activities of calligraphy and face- painting were also held outside the store. Li Zhaoyin, Chairman of American Chinese Calligrapher Association and other calligraphers drove the quill and wrote Fu, a Chinese character meaning “fortune”, for the participants.

The activity, covering wide areas and involving a large number of participants, exerted great influence. It has played a positive role in promoting the China-US friendship.