By Candice Chen
Though Chinese New Year came and went in January, the celebrations didn’t stop there in Boston. On Feb. 16, John Hancock Hall was full of Lunar New Year cheer and festivities during a New Year gala organized by the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council and China Overseas Exchange Association.
The “Cultures of China, Festival of Spring” gala has been held all over the world since 2009. This year, famous Chinese singers and performers including Dong Wenhua, Cai Guoqing and Yang Hongji gave performances to hundreds of people in the gala.
The gala formally began with MC Hou Yong’s welcoming address. Hou, a famous Chinese actor, has received numerous awards for his performances in Chinese dramas and films, including the Huabiao Film Awards and the Golden Eagle Award.
The opening dance “Wish You a Happy New Year” was performed by Han Daoliang, Du Yan, Chen Mandan and other performers. Wearing traditional Northern Chinese costumes, the dancers used their movements and gestures to express their best wishes to everyone in the gala.
Following the dance, other musicians performed songs, Peking Opera pieces and also played traditional Chinese instruments such as the erhu.
In addition to the performances, Qiu Yuanping, the director of Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council, expressed her New Year wishes and anticipations in a news conference.
“We came to Boston for two goals. One is to say ‘Happy Chinese New Year’ to Bostonians, the other is to provide exciting performances to Chinese people in America,” said Qiu.
Qiu said the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council is trying their best to ensure the fair rights for overseas Chinese people.
According to Qiu, overseas Chinese citizens can now use their passports as identification in China. For other affairs, overseas Chinese in America can look for local Overseas Chinese Affairs offices instead of going to New York.
“We are always working hard to protect our overseas Chinese and make sure they enjoy the benefits,” said Qiu.
Sun Guoxiang, the consul general of Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in New York, Gov. Deval Patrick, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and other officials also sent their New Year greetings to the gala attendees.
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