Confucius Institute at University of Regina Holds 2019 Regina’s Chinese New Year Gala

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the University of Regina, Canada [Time]    2019-02-22 17:18:32 

On February 2nd, local time, Confucius Institute at the University of Regina in Canada in association with Regina Chinese Canada Association held 2019 Regina’s Chinese New Year Gala to celebrate the Year of the Pig. More than 800 participants, including Ralph Goodale, Canadian Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Gene Makowsky, Saskatchewan Minister of Parks, Culture and Sport, Michael Fougere, Mayor of Regina, Yin Juming, Deputy Consul General of the Chinese Consulate-General in Calgary, and people of all walks of life from the local society attended the gala.

Ralph Goodale extended his greetings to the Chinese community for the Spring Festival on behalf of Canada’s federal government and expressed his gratitude to the overseas Chinese for their great efforts in the development of Canada.

Ralph Goodale delivering a speech

Gene Makowsky expressed his appreciation on behalf of the Saskatchewan government to the overseas Chinese for their contributions to enriching the local cultural diversity and wished the Chinese community a happy New Year.

Michael Fougere expressed his thanks on behalf of the Regina municipal government to the Chinese community for sharing their unique culture with the local community, and said they put a high value on cultural diversity of the city.

Yin Juming said in his speech that sound China-Canada relations would benefit the peoples of the two countries and hoped that overseas Chinese would better blend into the local society and play a greater role in the future.

Yin Juming delivering a speech

Justin P.J. Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, W. Thomas Molly, Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, and Lu Xu, Consul General of the Chinese Consulate-General in Calgary respectively sent congratulatory messages. Justin Trudeau said in his congratulatory message that he fully acknowledged what overseas Chinese have contributed to Canada in the past and hoped that they could continue their efforts. Lu Xu appreciated and gave credit to the contributions made by the overseas Chinese in promoting Chinese culture and hoped they would keep on promoting practical and friendly exchanges between China and Canada. Thomas Molly said that Saskatchewan is the first province in Canada that adopted legislation to ensure multiculturalism. In addition, he thanked the overseas Chinese associations for their efforts in fostering local cultural diversity.

Accompanied by sonorous gongs and drums, “Lion Dance Celebrating Chinese New Year” performed by Regina’s local martial arts school kicked off the Gala. These Chinese lions crouch, and then stand, dazzling audience with exquisite skills. Later, the Tai Chi Kungfu fan performed by senior Tai Chi team of Regina Chinese Canada Association brought out the essence of traditional Chinese martial arts.

Performance of lion dance

The local art and dance groups, wearing colorful and exquisite costumes, performed graceful and charming classical Chinese traditional dances, pushing the atmosphere of the gala to its climax.

Performance of Mongolian dance

Performance of long-sleeve dance

The annual Spring Festival celebration in Regina lasts for about a month, adding a festive touch to the arrival of the New Year.