Chinese culture exchange boosted through New Year celebrations
As Chinese at home and abroad are celebrating the Spring Festival, or the Lunar New Year, people around the globe also take it as an opportunity to learn more about the Chinese culture and tradition.
The Spring Festival this year, which fell on Feb. 8, marks the beginning of the Year of the Monkey, according to the Chinese zodiac that assigns one of 12 animals, either real or mythological, to each year.
In other countries, the most festive season in China has also become a bridge for cultural exchange with the Asian giant.
Learning about the Chinese culture is a benefit for all countries, particularly those who have trade relations with China. Chinese culture is on the rise and is accepted all around the world.
Africa has had various celebrations that incorporate the Chinese culture. In Nairobi they held a huge festival where Kenyan youth showed how they have learnt Mandarin and the Chinese culture. In South Africa there was a festival held in Port Elizabeth at the Boadwalk International Convention Centre on Sunday where the Chinese Community had organized a lavish event filled with colour, music, dance and authentic Chinese food.
There are two groups of Chinese nationals living in the Eastern Cape – the first one is made up of local Chinese, who are the descendants of the first Chinese migrants who arrived on South Africa’s shores many years ago, while the second group are the new Chinese migrants, who arrived a few years ago owing to business relations between the governments of China and South Africa. In total, there are around 1 500 Chinese nationals in the province.
Johannesburg held a celebration at the old China Town in Johannesburg CBD and will continue to host celebration in Cyrildene, new Chinatown, on Saturday 13 February 2016.