The South African Chinese community held a pre-celebration function at the Houghton Golf Club in Johannesburg on January 25 ahead of their Spring Festival festivity.
Spring festival, commonly known as the Chinese New Year, is commemorated annually during this time of the year according to the Chinese calendar.
The extravagant pre-celebration, which was organised by the Chinese Consulate in South Africa, was used to set the tone for the actual event planned for this weekend.
The celebrations were supported by high ranking officials from the Chinese Embassy as well as from the South African government.
There were stage performances from the National School of Arts (NSA) dancers and Radio 2000 presenter, Bongani Nxumalo also collaborated with Chinese singer Anna Tang and gave an intriguing music duet to a lively crowd.
Deputy Consul General Peidong Yang declared the pre-celebration a success saying this really prepares them for the main celebration.
Yang defined the Spring Festival as the biggest celebration in the Chinese calendar.
“This is the most celebrated event in the Chinese calendar and today signifies how big this year’s event will be come weekend. The festival gives the Chinese community an opportunity to enjoy themselves and wish each other prosperity in life,” he said.
This year’s festivities are held under ‘the year of the Rooster’ and this is where the Chinese foster good relations with their families and their native country men and women.
Consul General Ling Ruan gave the main address and wished all the Chinese community good life and prosperity.
Ruan said during this season, the Chinese people go home and spend time with their families, relax and enjoy themselves.
“This indeed is a very significant season for us as the Chinese community and it is equally an important occasion of our lives. During this time we greet each other and wish each other the very best in life,” said Ruan.
City of Joburg Member of the Mayoral Council for Public Safety, Councillor Michael Sun also attended and wished all the Chinese community a prosperous New Year.
President Jacob Zuma also recently wished the Chinese community a happy new year for 2017. The main celebration of the Spring Festival will be marked significantly with their traditional dragons and fireworks on Saturday at the Marshall Town, Commissioner Street near Central Police Station. Then the next celebration will then follow next Saturday at Cyrildene in Derick Avenue.