On June 5th, the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China, in cooperation with local chinese community including ‘India China Cultural Development Association successfully organised Dragon Boat Festival Celebration at Calcutta Boating & Hotel Resorts.
Dragon Boat Festival is celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month on the Chinese lunar calendar. It’s a very special time of year. The festival is traditionally tied to prayers for eliminating illnesses and disasters, so the 2022 festival was special amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The Dragon Boat Festival is a mixture of fun, athletic competition and good times. Wonderful performances including lion dance, singing and dancing, muscial play were put on on site. Chinese food stalls on the spot served people with delicious Chinese food.Hundreds of people gathered to enjoy performances and try different snacks.
With warm-hearted words Zha Liyou welcomed friends from all walks of life present to celebrate traditional Chinese Dragon Boat Festival. Zha gave a brief introduction of the origin and custom of this festival and wish for everyone’s good health and happiness. Zha also expressed his happiness that with joint effort from all, after 6 editions of Dragon Boat Festival in Kolkata, this 2022 festival has become another landmark cultural event that’s entirely integrated with community in East India and India and a friendship in town that’s committed to people-to-peopleexchanges between China and India.
More than 1000 people participated in the festival, including Chinese Consul General in Kolkata Zha Liyou,political leaders, Businessmen and Industrialists,eminent academicians,famous celebrities,bureaucrats, and prominent citizens of the city.
CG Zha Liyou said that as we are speaking now the instability and uncertainty in the world becomes more acute than ever before, our global community is faced with more serious challenges. All nations should make common efforts and jointly respond to these challenges. To do so we need not only economic and technological strength, but also the strength of culture and civilization. China and India, as the two most-populous ancient civilizations, should be in the forefront to show our leadership. We should be able to draw inspiration from our civilizations, identify and tell our good stories, great stories, success stories and stories of compassion to be shared by the billions of Chinese and Indians, just as we are doing now.
CG Zha Liyou continued to say that the Chinese Consulate-General in Kolkata has devoted whole-heartedly to the promotion of Sino-Indian friendship and has witnessed return of the same from all friends here today’. This Dragon Boat Race is exactly the live testimony to what Chinese leaders once said, “China and India don’t pose threat to each other but provide development opportunity to each other”. Therefore, making positive efforts for a healthy development of our bilateral relationship between China and India should be the common aspiration of everyone present here. Let us join hand, promote people-to-people exchanges and practical cooperation to build up
“Chinese communities in the city have been buzzing with a celebratory vibe recently in preparation for the traditional Dragon Boat Festival, providing locals with an up-close encounter with one of the most vibrant events on China’s rich cultural calendar.” said one of the members of Indian Chinese community.