Chinese artistes entertained Dhaka audience presenting traditional performances at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Thursday and Friday.
Chinese Embassy in Dhaka organised the programme to launch celebrations marking the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year, 45th anniversary of China-Bangladesh friendship and 100th birth anniversary of country’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Chinese ambassador to Bangladesh Li Jiming and state minister for cultural affairs KM Khalid jointly inaugurated the celebrations on Thursday. The programme featured a discussion and colourful cultural show where artistes from China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region performed songs, dance recitals, acrobatic stunts and more to the delight of the houseful audience.
Chinese ambassador in Dhaka Li Jiming said China will show highest respect to Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in his birth centenary this year that coincides with the celebration of 45th anniversary of Dhaka-Beijing diplomatic ties, reports Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha.
‘The whole Bangladesh will celebrate the year as ‘Mujib Barsha’ and the Chinese Embassy will also implement initiatives to celebrate this significant event with our Bangladeshi friends to show Chinese people’s highest considerations and respect toward this great man,’ he said.
The embassy will hold series of programmes till March 1 where artists, experts of universities and research institutions and inheritors of intangible cultural heritage from Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China will participate.
Besides, Confucius Institute of Dhaka University, Confucius Institute of North and South University, Shanto-Mariam Confucius Classroom, Overseas Chinese Association in Bangladesh as well as Chinese Enterprises Association in Bangladesh will hold a series of activities to celebrate the occasion.
Li recalled that the then Chinese premier Zhou Enlai visited Dhaka twice in the 1950s and 1960s and Sheikh Mujibur Rahman visited China twice as well.
‘Seed of friendship was thus planted by the veteran leaders of our two countries long before diplomatic ties were established. It has now grown into a giant tree with deep roots and rich fruits,’ Li said.
State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid, who spoke at the function as the chief guest, highlighted various aspects of bilateral relations between the two countries. He hoped the relationship will further be strengthened in the coming days. Xinjiang Art Theatre Director Li Yong and president of Bangladesh-China Friendship Centre M Delwar Hossain also spoke on the occasion.
Chinese New Year, commonly referred to as ‘Guo Nian (means celebrating the New Year)’ is the most ceremonious and joyfully celebrated festival in Chinese culture.
The Chinese Embassy in Dhaka has been holding ‘Happy Chinese New Year’ programmes in Bangladesh for the past 10 years.
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