New Years in Brasilia

  On the first weekend after Carnival, the most important festival of the year in Brazil, on Sunday, February 17, Brasilia citizens ushered in the “Chinese New Year Celebration Festival” with a strong and exotic atmosphere. As a state-appointed teacher who has been in office soon, I have passed this day as a year.
  One might ask, isn’t Carnival on February 5th? How is the first weekend after the holiday? It is true that Brazilians have a passion for carnival, far beyond our imagination. A lively and joyful festival passed in a blink of an eye, and people who were still unfinished about their hearts were somewhat lost and melancholy, which was quite normal. But some Brazilians (albeit a very small number) actually cry because the carnival is over! The official carnival holiday is only one day, but everyone tacitly takes a week off, plus two weekends before and after, the celebration lasts for 10 days. In organizations such as government agencies and banks, only some employees have a symbolic half-day work on Friday morning.
  My upstairs neighbor couple, my good friends (actually they took the initiative to think of me as good friends), were more active than me and called me early to tell me they and their two daughters were ready and waiting for me downstairs Let’s go together. In fact, the road is not far, and they planned to walk there by themselves, but they insisted on walking with me, so they had to obey. The eldest daughter of the neighbor is two years old and the younger sister is one year old. The two are beautiful. Because of having a younger sister, the eldest eldest loses some of her parents’ favor. Knowing that I like her, he sometimes hints me to give her a hug. I let the boss hold a small national flag that I bought from watching the flag-raising ceremony in Beijing, and then walked into the cultural festival square with her in my arms. The little beauty held a bright little five-star red flag and waved it a few times from time to time. It was very eye-catching and became a landscape of the square.
  The Chinese Cultural Festival is held, officially approved by the local government, in the open square of a residential area. The name of the square is very nice: Harmonious World Square, which is exactly in line with the concept of building a “harmonious society” that China is advocating. The Chinese Culture Festival was chosen to be held in the Harmony World Plaza, mainly because it was a place where an old Chinese gentleman led the citizens to practice Tai Chi every day, rain or shine.
  The old man is from Taiwan, China. He was over seventy years old and settled in Brazil in 1961. For self-cultivation and promotion of Chinese culture, playing Tai Chi every morning has become an indispensable part of the old man’s life. Over the years, countless Brasilia citizens have learned Tai Chi with him. Every morning at 6:30, many people practice Tai Chi with him in the Harmony World Square, which is a unique scenery in Brasilia. In recent years, every Spring Festival, he and some overseas Chinese who are keen on spreading Chinese culture have held a simple Chinese culture exhibition in this square to welcome the Chinese New Year.
  With the rapid development of our country’s economy, more and more people are interested in China and Chinese culture. Brasilia is an emerging city built in the 1960s. Although it is the capital of Brazil, it is located inland, and its economic and trade development and tourism are far behind those of coastal cities such as Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. The opportunities for employment and business are limited. Naturally, there are few overseas Chinese, and the opportunities for Brasilia people to experience the Chinese cultural atmosphere in person are even less. In recent years, Brasilia has developed rapidly, especially the surrounding satellite towns. The number of Chinese who come to do business or settle here has gradually increased. Last year, the Brasilia Overseas Chinese Association was established. This year, in order to meet the desire of the general public to understand Chinese culture, the Chinese Embassy in Brasilia actively coordinated with the local government, and the local media carried out publicity, determined the time and venue in advance, improved the square environment, and enriched the content of the activities, which achieved very good results. . To the surprise of the majority of Brasilia citizens, Ambassador Chen Duqing visited the cultural festival and delivered a warm New Year’s speech, sending the best wishes of the Chinese New Year to all those present. Ambassador Chen’s authentic Portuguese and humorous expression won long and warm applause from everyone.
  The cultural festival is full of festive and happy atmosphere, and the content is rich and varied: Olympic Fuwa display, lion dance performance, opera singing, folk dance, martial arts, Taijiquan performances (most performers are Brazilians)… The table tennis competition of the Asian team attracted many fans to watch the game. In this Chinese cultural festival, there are two unexpected programs: one is Arab dance performed by girls from Arab countries, and the other is Japanese waist drum performed by Japanese middle school students (the descendants of Japanese immigrants). This is because they do not have a broad platform like the Chinese Cultural Festival for the time being. The atmosphere of the Chinese people and the tolerance of Chinese culture gave me a very special feeling.
  In a foreign country for the New Year, and it is 10 days after the Spring Festival, who can say that this unique New Year’s way and special New Year’s feeling will not become a person’s beautiful memory forever.