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Chinese Dragon New Year 2012 Celebration in Suriname

As you know The Chinese New Lunar Year 2012 already started today; The Year of the Dragon.

The Chinese Community in Suriname decided to complete their traditional celebration yesterday at the complex of Kong Ngie Tong Sang, the oldest Chinese-Surinamese society in Paramaribo. Because The Chinese New Lunar Year celebration is not an official holiday in Suriname and celebrating it on a free Sunday was a good idea.

I started to my day while visiting few Chinese markets and shops in Paramaribo yesterday. After leaving from Chinese Sunday Market then I headed to newly build small China Town, inspired by Soeng Ngie & Co. I saw a young man riding to bicycle with his few months old baby but unfortunately I have to passed them on the street. Then luckily the traffic light turned to red and I immediately exit from my car, captured their few photos. It was one of the great shoots of the day for me.

I was at Kong Ngie Tong Sang around eleven o’clock. Guests were arriving one by one and organization committee was very busy. Finally VIP’s were presented in order; Mr. John R. Nay, Ambassador of the United States of America to Suriname, Mr. Yuan Nansheng Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Suriname, Robert Ameerali, Vice President of Suriname and his wife, Mr. Desiré Delano “Dési” Bouterse President of Suriname and First Lady Mrs. Ingrid Waldring. Mr. Yuk Kee Chee chairman of the Chinese – Surinamese society Ngie Kong Tong Sang warmly welcomed to all guests. Then everyone had traditional lunch together with Surinamese – Chinese community after official speeches and ceremonies. There was a great atmosphere.

My post includes approximately 150 photos and starts with photos from market places. Hope you like them. Not as likes of social networks; Like, it means real like;)

I wish Happy New Chinese Year to my friends.

Gōng xǐ fā cái – 恭喜发财 – 恭喜發財

About the history of Chinese people in Suriname : Chinese Surinamese are residents of Suriname with a Chinese background. Chinese Surinamese are a small part of the Surinamese people. The majority of the Chinese Surinamese consider Hakka, Dongguan or Meixian as their ancestral homes.
Many Chinese Surinamese are active in the retail and business community. Six percent of the Chinese in the Netherlands are from Suriname. Please visit Wikipedia for more information…

About the Chinese New Lunar Year : Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. In China, it is known as “Spring Festival,” the literal translation of the Chinese name 春節 (Pinyin: Chūn Jié), since the spring season in Chinese calendar starts with lichun, the first solar term in a Chinese calendar year. It marks the end of the winter season, analogous to the Western carnival. The festival begins on the first day of the first month (Chinese: 正月; pinyin: Zhēng Yuè) in the traditional Chinese calendar and ends with Lantern Festival which is on the 15th day. Chinese New Year’s Eve, a day where Chinese families gather for their annual reunion dinner, is known as Chú Xī (除夕) or “Eve of the Passing Year.” Because the Chinese calendar is lunisolar, the Chinese New Year is often referred to as the “Lunar New Year”. Please visit Wikipedia for more information…

Ertugrul Kilic — 23 January 2012, 19:05

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