Ladies and Gentlemen,
On this festive occasion, I am delighted to extend on behalf of the Chinese Mission to the EU and in my own name our best wishes to you all - Kung Hei Fat Choy!
As you all know, the Spring Festival that heralds the Chinese New Year is the most important and most celebrated traditional festival in China. It is an occasion for family reunion and wishing for a prosperous new year.
So tonight, on the very eve of the Spring Festival, I am very happy that we are gathered here to celebrate the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Rooster.
I would like to particularly welcome the Yinchuan Art Troupe of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region of China which traveled all the way from China to join us and spread joy and festive cheer with a collection of performing arts, dances, acrobatics, vocal music and instrumental music.
The Yinchuan Art Troupe of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region is one of the outstanding performing art troupes in China. What it is going to present will be more than about entertainment but also about communication and goodwill. So I invite all of you to take this opportunity to immerse yourselves in the seasonal traditions and unique culture of China and warm sentiments and friendship of the Chinese people.
I wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. Thank you and have a great evening.