On Sunday, February 10th, 2019, the UK Little Panda Mandarin School held a Chinese New Year celebration and brings a satisfactory successful completion of the event.
The theme of the event was to raise funds for the Panda Charity Fundraising Event. All the funds raised will be donated to WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature), the “Exploring the Hometown of Pandas in China” project, the wonderful performance at the celebration was watched by around 200 Anglo-Chinese overseas and Chinese. The event was endorsed by the Deputy Mayor of Richmond- Mona Adams and promoted the exchange of the Chinese and English contributions.
“Gongs and drums sounded, dragon raised, and lion leapt”, the Chinese New Year Celebration kicked off with this dragon and lion dance, led by the children that were born at the Year of Pig. Before the lion and dragon dance, the Mayor of Richmond- Mona Adams dotted the eye of the lion and dragon in order to awaken them.
Minister of Education Section of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Wang Yongli, Minister Counsellor, delivered a congratulatory message:
“Thank you for the efforts and contributions made by the UK Little Panda Mandarin, it enhances the understanding of China by our foreign friends! Mutual understanding is the establishment of mutual initiation and mutual trust is the foundation for building a community of human destiny. I sincerely hope that the UK Little Panda Mandarin School will be better and better and make greater contributions to the Chinese and foreign cultural exchanges! I wish everyone in the Year of Golden Pig to have good health and the whole family is happy and safe. Wish everyone all wishes come true!”
The performances at the celebration included Chinese dance, Tea ceremony, Drama and the Chinese instrument and folk-dance performances. The second part of the drama- "Journey to the West" was performed by the UK Little Panda Mandarin School children which culminated in the evening. Chinese-born Operatic Soprano Beibei Wang and the UK Chinese choir sang "I Love You China" and "Chinese Dream".
During the event, there were also exquisite awards and interactive sessions. Finally, the guests presented the children with a red envelope representing the wishes of the New Year and wished the children healthy growth.
The event was hosted by the UK Little Panda Mandarin School, the China UK Minorities Cultural Exchange Association, UK Research and Development Centre for Chinese Traditional Culture（UKCTC）and the Shanghai Society UK（SSUK）. The event was supported by the Education Section of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.