With a colorful dragon charging through the crowd and Chinese food aromas wafting through the air, the city of Lviv hosted a successful celebration for the Chinese New Year last weekend.
"The Chinese New Year is not only a great holiday for the Chinese people, but it is also an interesting event for residents and visitors of Lviv, all of whom can feel the richness of the Chinese culture. Lviv is the only city in Ukraine where the Chinese New Year is celebrated, and the Chinese people are very happy with this, because celebrating the New Year makes them feel at home," said KayGo, Deputy Head of Langhua Cultural Center.
There was live music, dancing and other displays of Chinese culture such as kung fu and cartoon screenings. The celebration attracted Ukrainians, Chinese residents who have kept up with their cultural roots, and also those who have lost the connection to their cultural upbringing.
"I’ve been in Ukraine for two and a half years now and I haven’t celebrated the Chinese New Year yet. So this is the first time in a long time that I feel so at home here. This is quite nice. I am from California, but I came here as a volunteer teaching English. And I liked it so much that I decided to stay," said Ellis Tran.
The mayor of Lviv, Andriy Sadovyy, said it's not only important to learn about other cultures but learn from them as well.
"You know, Lviv is a multicultural and multinational city, and I am happy that we have a lot of Chinese people here who study in numerous educational institutions. Today, they celebrate their big holiday, and we gladly congratulate them and accept this holiday, because it’s important to learn about various nations and cultures. While China is a very big and powerful country, it holds positive dynamics. Thus, I wish we all can learn something positive from them, by way of their cultural celebrations and so forth," he said.
Check out these festive photos!
Sources: Worldwide News Ukraine, Lviv Today