People’s Daily: St Petersburg Celebrates Chinese New Year on a Grand Scale

People’s Daily: St Petersburg Celebrates Chinese New Year on a Grand Scale

More than 70 events will be held to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year in St. Petersburg. According to People’s Daily, the program includes book and art exhibitions, national costume parade, master classes in calligraphy and cooking Chinese food and interactive activities in schools and libraries. In addition, the city will host a concert featuring masterpieces of Russian and Chinese opera.

More than 70 events will be held in St Petersburg to mark the Chinese Lunar New Year. According to People’s Daily, the announcement was made at a press conference for the 9th citywide festival “Chinese New Year – Merry Spring Festival”.

China’s Consul General in St. Petersburg Wang Wenli said at the press conference that the festival has become a common holiday for Russian and Chinese friends. According to her, Sino-Russian strategic cooperation will continue and expand in the new year.

The programme of the holiday events in the northern capital includes book and art exhibitions, a national costume parade, master classes in calligraphy and cooking Chinese dishes and interactive classes in schools and libraries. In addition, the city will host a concert featuring masterpieces of Russian and Chinese opera.

This is the ninth time the Chinese New Year has been celebrated in this way in St. Petersburg. For many years, one of the key elements of the festival is the red illumination of the Palace Bridge in the centre of the city. This year it was lit on 21 January.

According to Evgeny Grigoriev, the chairman of St. Petersburg Committee for Foreign Affairs, this year the partner of the festival is Qingdao – the famous Chinese resort, which has co-operated with St. Petersburg since 2007.

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