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Chinese residents in Denmark kick off celebrations for Year of Dragon


11:02, January 17, 2012

COPENHAGEN, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) -- Chinese residents in Denmark kicked off celebrations for Chinese Spring Festival with a reception at the Chinese Embassy on Monday.

The Spring Festival, China's most important traditional festival, runs from Jan. 22 to Feb. 6 this year. The celebration ushers in the Chinese New Year, which in 2012 is marked by the highly auspicious sign of the Dragon.

"The Chinese people are looking forward to the New Year with hope," said Gu Hui, Charge D'Affaires at the Embassy of China in Denmark.

"In the West, the dragon is considered evil, but in China, the dragon symbolizes good health, good harvest and power. That is why it is very important for Chinese to celebrate this New Year," he told Xinhua.

Glowing red lanterns, Chinese and Danish national flags and a spread of traditional Chinese dishes awaited more than 200 guests who attended Monday's reception.

Gu wished guests, as well all Chinese people in Denmark and in China, good luck and happiness for the New Year.

"We hope... China will continue its pace of development and Chinese people will enjoy prosperity and happiness," he told Xinhua, when asked the embassy's expectations for the dragon year.

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