Provost wishes a Happy Chinese New Year
Posted on 15 Feb 2019
North Ayrshire Provost Ian Clarkson was a special guest as Scotland joined in the celebrations to mark the Chinese New Year.
The colourful two-day celebrations included a concert in Edinburgh and a stunning show of Chinese culture in Glasgow’s George Square with dragon and lion dancers and a costume parade.
Provost Clarkson, who was invited as a guest of Mr Xinchun Pan, Consul General of the Consulate of China. The Provost has built up a strong relationship with the Consul General and has held a number of meetings to strengthen bonds between China and Scotland, with a view to forging links in trade, culture, education and sports.
The Provost said: “I was privileged to watch the culture and traditions of the Chinese people, at a brilliant production staged by singers, dancers and orchestras in the Usher Hall, Edinburgh.
“It was a very professional show of celebration of the Chinese New Year, by young and old, at this special time for so many.
“In the streets around the Usher Hall, the traditional dragons, drums and noise were attracting the many visitors to the capital.
“This continued the next day in Glasgow, where I joined the Lord Provost, and the Consul General again, in George Square, to be entertained by young people, with a fantastic atmosphere.
“We then enjoyed a wonderful show, by many young Chinese people in the City Chambers, again showing their skills, and being proud of their country.
“To round the weekend off, I had an exquisite Chinese meal, with some of the senior Chinese officers from the West of Scotland.
“It was a hectic few days, but thoroughly worthwhile, seeing such a rich and vibrant culture.
“We have a great connection with the Chinese Community, and I wish them all a very Happy New Year - Gong Hei Fat Choi.”
In Chinese culture, 2019 is the Year of the Pig, which represents luck, overall good fortune, wealth, honesty and general prosperity.