China shows cultural confidence as the world shares Spring Festival’s spirit, legacy and joy
Published: Feb 12, 2024 05:24 PM
Actors perform dragon dance during the Nairobi Chinese New Year Gala in Nairobi, Kenya, on Feb. 10, 2024. (Xinhua/Han Xu)

Actors perform dragon dance during the Nairobi Chinese New Year Gala in Nairobi, Kenya, on Feb. 10, 2024. (Xinhua/Han Xu)

In New York, the US, a local ice hockey arena is filled with the dynamic posters with Chinese red, dragons and auspicious clouds as the main tone and the "Happy Chinese New Year" on the 360-degree surround screen which is fostering a festive atmosphere to a climax before becoming a sea of jubilation. 

In The Hague, the Netherlands, the poster boards in the city's center are covered with the image of Chinese dragon as the local Tram Line 1 decorated with "Happy Chinese New Year" travels through the city. 

In London, the UK, the Yingge Dance, a form of folk dance popular in South China's Guangdong Province, was performed at Burlington Arcade. The popular folk art form merges opera, dance and martial arts dating back several hundred years.

One fifth of the world's population are celebrating the Spring Festival in different ways. The Spring Festival, which is increasingly a global event, is not only exclusive to China, but also a cultural feast for the world and celebration for all people to share. 

In the garden of the world's diverse civilizations, the flower of China's Spring Festival blooms brilliantly. This is China's cultural confidence that can be felt and touched.

The Chinese Spring Festival carries a sense of joy, hope and better wishes for people all over the world, presenting China in a credible, endearing and respected light. The growing global popularity of the Spring Festival not only highlights the unique charm of China's cultural heritage but also signifies the world's increasing curiosity and desire to gain a deeper understanding of China.

In the eyes of many foreigners, the Chinese New Year is a festival full of joy, reunion, peace and good wishes. Both abstract cultural symbols like family affection and homesickness and substantial cultural elements like Spring Festival couplets, festival feasts and other folklore activities have all become bridges connecting different cultures, bestowing more people the opportunity to understand and appreciate Chinese culture, further promoting exchanges, dialogues and integration between China and the rest of the world.

As the world faces various challenges and setbacks, Chinese culture and wisdom shows the world with a pattern of kind, friendly, honest and civilized interaction with other civilizations. 

Inheriting the traditional Chinese cultural concept of peace and harmony, the Spring Festival is a vivid embodiment of the exchanges and mutual learning among civilizations. 

It provides new possibilities and opens up new paths to solve problems faced by the human beings, which may be the deep reason why Spring Festival culture is so popular and welcomed around the world.

Sharing the joy of the Spring Festival and inspired by the vitality of the spring season, people all over the world can unite in their collective efforts to build a happier and brighter future.