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Ambassador Gui Congyou Attends Stockholm Happy Chinese New Year Celebration

On 2 February, a sunny day after a big snow, Stockholm was particularly lively. About 200 overseas Chinese and local citizens followed the traditional Chinese Dragon and Lion dance team from downtown to the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, marking the beginning of the 2019 Happy Chinese New Year Celebration. Ambassador Gui Congyou, Director General of the Swedish National Museums of World Culture Ms. Ann Follin, Deputy Director of the Anhui Culture and Tourism Department Mr. He Changfeng, and Secretary General of the Beijing Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese Mr. Li Dengxin, attended the event.

Ambassador Gui delivered a warm speech and extended New Year greetings to the whole Chinese community in Sweden and local residents. Ambassador Gui said that the Lunar New Year is the grandest and most representative traditional festival in China. It embodies the Chinese people's pursuit of and yearning for a good and happy life. It is with such emotions that we bring the New Year celebration to Sweden to share the festive joy with Swedish people. Over the past year, China-Sweden relations have maintained steady progress with pragmatic cooperation in various fields achieving new results. The year 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China and the 69th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Sweden. We are willing to work with Swedish friends to carry forward the traditional friendship, fully tap the potential of bilateral cooperation in various areas, and inject more positive energy and new impetus into the development of bilateral relations.

In her speech, Ms. Ann Follin said that the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities has participated in the organization of the Happy Chinese New Year Celebration for many years consecutively. By cooperating with the Chinese community in Sweden as well as local governments and artists from China, the Museum has proudly displayed the rich and colorful Chinese culture to the Swedish people. She expressed thanks to the Chinese artists for bringing the warm Spring Festival mood to Sweden and wished the local Chinese community good health and happiness in the coming Chinese New Year.

The Chinese Anhui Art Troupe from afar gave performances that have been listed as World Intangible Cultural Heritage such as Fengyang Flower-Drum Dance, overseas Chinese Associations in Sweden performed silk dances, and young people from both China and Sweden performed the Dragon and Lion dance, winning rapturous applause from the audience. The event went on in a lively atmosphere. Inside the museum there were exhibitions of Chinese history and culture, as well as demonstrations of Chinese paper-cutting and calligraphy. The guests exchanged greetings, adding warmth to Stockholm's winter.


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