The People’s Republic of China says preparations are underway for the 2013 Chinese Spring Festival slated for February 4 at the Bingu International Conference in Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe.
The event, which will be held jointly with the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Culture, also seeks to help cement diplomatic ties and enjoy each other’s cultural values.
The Chinese Embassy in a statement says 26 artists from the home of the Chinese kungfu will bring the best performance to celebrate the year of the snake.
It is held in February because the first day of the Lunar month is regarded as the New Year of the Chinese the Spring Festival.
The festival is the most important and ceremonious traditional event in China, as is the case with Christmas Day to people from the West.
Currently, China wants to establish a Confucius Institute in Malawi to promote Chinese language, support local Chinese teaching and facilitate cultural exchanges.
The Confucius Institute is expected to teach Malawians the Chinese language locally so as to make it easier for them to study, do business and know more about the People’s Republic of China.
“We are working with the University of Malawi on the project,” Chinese Ambassador Pan Hejun told the media recently.