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Konrote Shares New Year Spirit

The Chinese New Year celebration was organised by the Chinese Association of Fiji in partnership with their major sponsor, the USP’s Confucius Institute. Chinese Association of Fiji president Jenny Seeto
15 Feb 2016 09:04
Konrote Shares New Year Spirit
The president Jioji Konusi Konrote (5th from left) with Jenny Seeto and the chinese elders during the Chinese New Year celebration at Yat Sen school hall in Flagstaff yesterday.

The Chinese New Year celebration was organised by the Chinese Association of Fiji in partnership with their major sponsor, the USP’s Confucius Institute.

Chinese Association of Fiji president Jenny Seeto welcomed all the guests and paid tribute to the presence of the President, Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote, the First Lady Sarote Konrote, the Charge d’Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Fiji, Gu Yu, and the leaders of the various Chinese organisations and groups.

There were also the elderly residents of Father Law Home who attended the function and were presented with red envelopes and vouchers by the President.

President Konrote, in his address to the Chinese community and invited guests, mentioned the importance of the day to the Chinese people.

“The Chinese New Year is the most important event in the Chinese calendar; it is an age-old tradition where Chinese people all over the world celebrate a new beginning and it is based on the ancient Chinese lunar calendar which has a cycle of 12 years, and that each of these year is characterised by the animals of the Chinese zodiac including the Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig,” he said.

He further elaborated on the Year of the Monkey which was being celebrated today.

“This year is the Year of the Monkey – the 9th animal in the cycle and they have characteristics that are quite similar to human beings. One particular study says that the chimpanzee has genomes or DNA and genes that are about 98 per cent identical with humans.”

Meanwhile Mr Gu, who had come on behalf of the Chinese Ambassador Zhang Ping, currently away in China, welcomed the guests and appreciated the presence of the President of Fiji.

He explained the promises of the Year of the Monkey and what it meant to their culture.

“The Year of the Monkey promises vigour and vitality; standing at new starting points people in China will continue to work towards the goal of building a society of initial prosperity in all respects,” Mr Gu said.

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