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Chinese celebrate new year

Luke Nacei
Friday, February 09, 2018

MINSTER for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar says Fiji needs to continue with the culture of unity and peace and also promote acceptance for one another.

Ms Akbar made this comment while officiating at the Chinese New Year celebrations at the Chinese Cultural Centre in Suva yesterday.

"Celebrate your common goals more than your differences. Celebrations such as the one we are witnessing today (yesterday) provides an opportunity for us to embrace the uniqueness of each culture and nurture everlasting friendships and bonding," Ms Akbar said.

She said Chinese Cultural Centre had worked hard and made great efforts to introduce Chinese culture to Fiji and promote the cultural exchanges between Fiji and China.

Ms Akbar said the celebrations provided an opportunity to demonstrate the richness of the Chinese culture and also promoted multicultural harmony and diversity among all the communities, who are known and recognised through a common identity of being called Fijians.

"This occasion is for family reunions and renewal of friendships — it symbolises harmony and good wishes."

This year, the Chinese community will be celebrating the year of the dog, ranking as the eleventh animal in Chinese zodiac.

A dog, in their belief, is the symbol of loyalty and honesty.

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