The 10th "Happy Chinese New Year" temple fair

On February 2, 2019, the 10th "Happy Chinese New Year" temple fair, jointly organized by the Municipal Government of Beijing and Tallinn, was held in Vabaduse Square in the downtown of Tallinn, the Capital city of Estonia. The Chinese Ambassador to Estonia H.E. Mr. Li Chao and the Mayor of Tallinn Mr. Taavi Aas attended the event and extended their New Year greetings respectively. Mr. Aas appreciated highly the long-standing good cooperation between Tallinn and Beijing. He said that the year of 2019 was the 10th anniversary of the "Happy Chinese New Year" celebration event, the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China and the 800th anniversary of the founding of Tallinn. It was great that he could celebrate the Chinese traditional festival with everyone in this meaningful year. At the end of his speech, Mr. Aas wished everyone happy new year in Chinese. Ambassador Li expressed his sincere wishes to Tallinn citizens for all the best in the coming year. He said that the "Happy Chinese New Year" event had been bringing the two countries closer and enhancing mutual understanding. He appreciated the efforts made by Beijing and Tallinn for promoting the cultural exchanges between the two peoples. Ambassador Li emphasized that the year of 2018 was significant for the two countries. Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid made a successful visit to China in 2018 which put China-Estonia relationship on a faster developing track. The series of events of the 10th "Happy Chinese New Year" celebration were great gifts given by Beijing, on behalf of the Chinese people, to Estonian friends. Ambassador Li wished the China-Estonia relations prosperous and good luck to everyone in the coming year of pig.

On that day, a record number of more than 10,000 people gathered in the Vabaduse Square, attending the temple fair, enjoying the lantern show and watching the shows. The audience experienced the traditional Chinese culture and shared the atmosphere of spring festival. At the end of the fair, colorful fireworks bloomed in the sky, embellishing the night of Tallinn. The series of activities of “Happy Chinese New Year” celebration had a perfect ending.

During the “Happy Chinese New Year” celebration, a series of Chinese cultural events were also taking place along. On January 23, the Charge d’Affaires ad interim of Chinese Embassy Ms. Lin Hang and the Vice Mayor of Tallinn Mr. Vadim Belobrovtsev attended the opening ceremony of the Zigong Lantern Exhibition in Tallinn and delivered greeting speeches respectively. The spokesperson of the Embassy was interviewed by the local TV stations about the lantern history and the customs of Chinese Spring Festival. From January 25 to 27, the Embassy organized the Chinese Film Festival. On February 1, as part of the "Happy Chinese New Year" celebration, a shadow show was performed in the Russian Cultural Center in Tallinn.

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