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The Happy Chinese New Year Art Performance 2015 was Held at BMICH

The "Happy Chinese New Year Art Performance 2015" was successfully held at BMICH on February 3th 2015. Hon. Rajitha Senaratne, the special representative of H.E. President Maithripala Sirisena and Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine attended the celebration as chief guest. Chinese Ambassador Wu Jianghao addressed the celebration and Hon. Senaratne read out the greetings from President Maithripala Sirisena. Colorful and diverse performance were staged by Chinese Oriental Song and Dance Ensemble, Chinese enterprises in Sri Lanka and Sri Lankan Army Arts and Performing Troupe.

In this greeting message, President Sirisena said:

On behalf of the Government and the people of Sri Lanka, I am pleased to convey to His Excellency Xi Jinping, the President, the Government and the people of China, our warm greetings and best wishes on this auspicious occasion of the Chinese New Year 2015.

The Chinese Spring Festival or the Chinese New Year as this occasion is widely known is the most important cultural celebration among the people of China. It is an occasion for Chinese people to get together and celebrate with family and friends. It is an occasion where tradition meets contemporary festivity heralding a new year filled with great expectation. Most importantly, its customs and rituals symbolize the common heritage nurtured, shared and respected by many as one Asian family. We are proud to join hands with the vibrant Chinese community in Sri Lanka to share the joy of this special occasion.

Sri Lanka and China share excellent relations which have stood the test of time. It is an all-weather friendship based on mutual respect. Looking back at 2014, I am pleased that the historic State Visit to Sri Lanka of Chinese President Xi Jinping in September last year has provided us with the opportunity to further elevate our robust relationship and deepen the Strategic Cooperative Partnership in a manner beneficial to our two countries and peoples.

Sri Lanka as a close friend of China has always celebrated the development efforts that China has spearheaded in bringing prosperity and wellbeing to her people. 2015 is the dawn of the “year of the goat” according to the Chinese Zodiac. This will be a year for enhancing relationships for the further development and prosperity of the Chinese nation.

In this spirit, it is my firm conviction that the strong Strategic Cooperative Partnership that exists between Sri Lanka and China will be further enriched and deepened for the mutual benefit of our two countries and peoples during this year and during the tenure of my Government.

I wish you a very happy Chinese New Year.

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