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Exhibition 'Chinese Traditional Custom of the Birthday Celebration for the Senior Citizen' Opens in Mauritius

Date:February 10, 2018 - March 5, 2018

The exhibition "Chinese Traditional Custom of the Birthday Celebration for the Senior Citizen," sponsored by the Embassy of People's Republic of China in the Republic of Mauritius, Ministry of Arts and Culture in the Republic of Mauritius and the Beijing Municipal Administration of Cultural Heritage, and hosted by the China Cultural Center in Mauritius and the Capital Museum, was unveiled on Feb. 10, 2018 at the Cultural Center. 

▲BAI, Jie, president of Capital Museum's speech at the opening ceremony

Then Mauritius President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, Vice President Barlen Vyapoory, Chinese Ambassador to Mauritius Sun Gongyi, Mauritius Minister of Art and Culture Prithvirajsing Roopun, Mayor of Port Louis, the capital, Daniel Eric Clive Laurent, and President of the Capital Museum Bai Jie, all attended the opening ceremony, which was presided over by Song Yanqun, cultural counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Mauritius and director of the Chinese Culture Center in Mauritius.

In a warm speech to the opening ceremony, then President Gurib-Fakim pointed out that the exhibition, as an important part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the independence of Mauritius, was held during the Spring Festival (Chinese Lunar New Year) - one of the statutory public holidays in Mauritius, which reflected the friendship and multi-cultural integration between two countries. Ambassador Sun Gongyi, in his speech, said that "offering birthday congratulations to the elderly" shows younger generations' respect for the elderly and conveys the Chinese culture of filial piety. In today's society, "filial piety" clearly demonstrated the Chinese people's consistent spiritual pursuit of harmony between each person and well suits the festive atmosphere of family reunion and joy and harmony during the Spring Festival.

In his speech, President of the Capital Museum Bai Jie thanked the president of Mauritius for her attention and attendance at the opening ceremony of the exhibition. He extended his sincere congratulation to the Mauritius president and other local guests on the 50th anniversary of Mauritius's independence and congratulated Ambassador Sun on the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the China Cultural Center in Mauritius. He pointed out that Chinese President Xi Jinping is advocating that people all over the world should jointly build a community of shared future for mankind, in which both Chinese and Mauritian people were important members. "Museum people are the messengers between different cultures. We hope to build the community of shared future through museum exhibitions," he added.

This exhibition is the third consecutive year the Capital Museum has held an exhibition in Mauritius, following the "Beijing New Year Customs" in 2016 and the "Beijing Wedding Customs" in 2017. The exhibition starts with the widely circulated "Twenty-Four Filial Piety" story in China and helps viewers understand Chinese traditional culture behind it. Each exhibition is equipped with interactive activities and ritual performances to showcase Chinese civilization lively and dynamically, as a way to tell good stories of China and explain historical wisdom.

The opening day was welcomed by the ebullient audience. Mr. Lin, already a third-generation Mauritius Chinese citizen, said he felt even more gracious about the great motherland after his visit to the exhibition, which enhanced his cultural confidence as a Mauritian Chinese. The event was reported by many journalists from such local media as "Mauritian News," "Express," and "Challenge." Xinhua News Agency dispatched special reporters to the scene for an on-site interview. CCTV offered a live broadcast online at a non-reporter station, giving an estimated audience of more than 700,000 Chinese and foreign citizens a chance to see the exhibition.

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