A group photo at the celebration event [fmprc.gov.cn]
Ren Xiaoxia, Deputy Consul-General of China's Consulate-General in Johannesburg, led the women's group of the consulate to attend the celebratory event for the Lantern Festival on February 21 at the invitation of the Global Federation of Chinese Business Women of South Africa and the Pan-African Women's Association.
At the gala, Ren delivered a speech, which she began by conveying gratitude to women representatives from China and South Africa for coming up with the unique idea of celebrating the traditional Chinese festival with a British-style afternoon tea party. She elaborated on her views concerning cultural cooperation and people-to-people exchanges between China and South Africa after the 2015 Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation. According to her, the success of the event should be attributed to the unswerving effort of both the Global Federation of Chinese Business Women of South Africa and the Pan-African Women's Association. She stated that she expects the two organizations to carry out more pragmatic cooperation in the future to benefit both countries.
Artists from the two countries staged musical and theatric performances, creating a joyous atmosphere. Members from the Consulate's group expressed that the activity greatly enhanced their pride in China's traditional culture and deepened their understanding of local culture. "We had a very meaningful Lantern Festival," they said.
The Speaker of the Johannesburg City Council, delegates from the Tobeka Madiba Zuma Foundation and nearly 300 Chinese women entrepreneurs attended the event.
(Source: fmprc.gov.cn/Translated and edited by Women of China)
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