The Chinese consulate general ushered in the lunar new year with a reception at Taj Bengal. The gathering was attended by members of the Indian Chinese comminity from Tangra and Tirreta Bazar and the local Buddhist community, educators and guests from Cheena Bhavana, Visva Bharati.
“The last year was not easy for any of us. The spring festival is a time for renewal, when we ring out the old and ring in the new. It is a time to start everything afresh. The Year of the Rabbit is upon us,” Zha Liyou, the consul general, said in his address.
He also welcomed the offsprings of the Tangra Chinese families who were back from Canada to join their families in Calcutta. “The spring festival is a time of unity and blessings,” he added.
His address was followed by a cultural programme in which both Indian and Chinese musical traditions were represented.