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A new year slithers in

The consulate-general of the People’s Republic of China hosted consular corps, eminent citizens and senior bureaucrats at a party to celebrate the Chinese New Year in association with the city’s only stadium-hotel — The Stadel. The Chinese consulate-general office is in EC Block.

Ushering in the Year of the Snake was a colourful lion dance. “I am not sure how well the year will go for me. I am a boar (going by the Chinese calendar in the year of his birth) and there’s something between snakes and boars that don’t agree,” said Jeffrey Renau, director of American Center, with a mock grimace, to British deputy high commissioner Sanjay Wadhwani, “a horse”, and consul-general of France Fabrice Etienne, “a rat”.

The host, Zhang Lizhong, the Chinese consul-general, said the snake was known in China as a small dragon, and therefore was held auspicious. “This year should be good for health,” he stated.

This is the first time that the consulate held an exclusive party for the consular corps for the New Year other than the more public one held for the Chinese community.

After the lion dance, singer Lou Majaw took stage followed by Rahul Guha Roy and Catherine. All of them together played Knocking on Heaven’s Door.