Hon. Dr. Ram Baran Yadav
President of Nepal
China and Nepal have been enjoying friendly, cordial and smooth relations with the feelings of mutual trust and cooperation for the past 60 years. We have relations at people-to-people level with more than 2000 years history.
On the occasion of Chinese New Year, I would like to congratulate the Chinese people, leadership and government on behalf of the Nepalese people and the state.
I express my best wishes to the Chinese people and the President Xi Jinping for constant happiness, peace, economic prosperity and stability. I hope that Nepal-China relation will be further strengthened in the days to come. It is a matter of happiness that both the countries are marking 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations this year.
My visit to China at the end of March to take part in Boao forum for Asia 2015 will provide opportunity of meeting between the President Xi Jinping and me. I hope the forthcoming meeting will further help in strengthening the bilateral ties between our two countries.
China is achieving rapid economic growth, which is a matter of pleasure to all of the neighboring countries. China’s economic progress and development has inspired us to move ahead for economic development.
Nepal and China have never gone through difficulties in bilateral relations in the last 60 years. I believe that the relations will be further enhanced in future.
Hon. Sushil Koirala
Prime Minister of Nepal
On the happy occasion of New Year of Chinese calendar, on behalf of Nepalese people and the government of Nepal, I would like to express cordial greetings and best wishes to the people and the government of the People’s Republic of China.
The Chinese New Year popularly known as Spring Festival is a great occasion for the Chinese people to honor ancestors and deities and celebrate reunion of family members. The people of Nepal greatly cherish China’s phenomenal progress in many fields and share their pride and happiness.
I am happy to note that Nepal and China enjoy age-old friendship based on mutual respect, goodwill and cooperation. I am confident that this relation will grow further in years to come.
The 2015 marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Nepal and China. It is time to take bilateral relations to a new level. On the auspicious occasion of the Spring Festival, I wish the Chinese people and the government good health, happiness as well as continued peace, progress and prosperity.
Hon. Puspa Kamal Dahal (Prachanda)
Former PM and Chair of UCPN (Maoist)
On the occasion of Chinese New Year, I would like to congratulate the Chinese people, CCP, government and entire leadership. I want to express my best wishes for the success of China’s mission in gaining economic prosperity, peace and social harmony. We are very glad that China is going to fulfill the Chinese Dream of all-round progress.
This year, Nepal and China are marking the 60th year of diplomatic ties. Areas of cooperation between the two countries are increasing in the recent years. Nepalese people are expecting more cooperation with China because our country is in a very delicate political transition. We hope that after this transition, we will achieve economic prosperity and development in Nepal in cooperation with China. Huge amount of money can be invested here in Nepal to transform economically.
I believe this year will create a very conducive and positive atmosphere to take Nepal-China economic cooperation into a new height.
CPN-UML Chairman KP Oli (L) and Xinhua News Agency, Kathmandu Bureau Chief Zhou Shengping showing the Chinese Lunar Year’s Zodiac Sign Sheep during an exclusive interview with APD.
On behalf of my party and myself, I would like to congratulate all the Chinese leaders, Chinese people, you and your team here in Nepal. We want to admire and appreciate China for its speedy development in the field of economy and other aspects.
We have completed 60 years of friendship on the basis of mutual respect, and cooperation in different ways and levels. The programs and events of this year to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of Nepal-China diplomatic relations will contribute more to strengthen friendly relations and cooperation between two countries, governments and peoples.
What is Spring Festival?
The celebrations usually last for 15 days and culminate with the Lantern Festival. Each year is associated with one of 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac. For 2015, it is the year of the Sheep.
During the Chinese New Year, there is a big parade of dancing lions or dragons that snake through the narrow streets and alleys of Binondo with dancing participants dressed in colorful red costumes in the sound of drums.
During the celebrations, people in the streets and store owners greet each other with “Kiong Hee Huat Tsai” in the Hokkien dialect or “Kung Hei Fat Choi” in Cantonese, which means “Congratulations and be prosperous” in the coming year.
Of course, amid the noise and bustle, are the sounds of lighted fire-crackers which, in the Chinese customs, would drive away the evil spirits and bring good luck in the year ahead. The food most locally looked forward during the Chinese New Year is tikoy, a delicacy made from sticky rice. It has to be fried first before it can be eaten.
During the Spring Festival, everyone, especially the women, wear red dress, considered by the Chinese as a lucky color. During this occasion, children look forward for receiving fresh peso bills placed inside bright red envelopes, called “angpao” in Hokkien, with Chinese characters written in it.
Store owners usually put “angpao” at the entrance of their stores so that dancers participating in the dragon parade can pick them up as New Year’s gifts for them. (Xinhua)