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Embracing Spring Festival in New York

ISLAMABAD (PEN) : A series of activities have been held in New York to mark the upcoming Year of the Dragon.

On January 19, the Chinese Consulate General in New York held a ceremony to launch the distribution of Spring Festival packages. The red packages contain Chinese New Year cards, Spring Festival items such as couplets, posters bearing the Chinese character for good luck, “fu,” Chinese knots, and traditional Spring Festival snacks such as peanuts and candies.

Representatives of the Chinese community in the Eastern United States attend the launch ceremony for the distribution of Spring Festival packages in New York, U.S., on January 19, 2024. /CFP

Representatives of the Chinese community in the Eastern United States attend the launch ceremony for the distribution of Spring Festival packages in New York, U.S., on January 19, 2024. /CFP

More than 100 representatives of the Chinese community in the Eastern United States attended the ceremony.

Chinese Commerce Minister Wang Wentao delivers a speech via video link at a gala held by China General Chamber of Commerce – USA in New York, U.S., on January 18, 2024. /CFP

Chinese Commerce Minister Wang Wentao delivers a speech via video link at a gala held by China General Chamber of Commerce – USA in New York, U.S., on January 18, 2024. /CFP

A day earlier, the China General Chamber of Commerce – USA held a gala to celebrate Chinese New Year, with about 400 business leaders and government officials from China and the United States attending.

Raj Subramaniam (C), President and CEO of FedEx, receives an award from Xu Xueyuan (R), a minister at the Chinese Embassy in the United States during a gala in New York, U.S., on January 18, 2024. /CFP

Raj Subramaniam (C), President and CEO of FedEx, receives an award from Xu Xueyuan (R), a minister at the Chinese Embassy in the United States during a gala in New York, U.S., on January 18, 2024. /CFP

Chinese Commerce Minister Wang Wentao delivered a speech via video link during the event.