The possibility of a public holiday to commemorate the Chinese New Year will be taken up to Cabinet for consideration, said Deputy Prime Minister Manoa Kamikamica at the celebrations held in Suva yesterday.
“It would definitely be ideal given that the Chinese community are a huge part of our daily lives, our economy. They have been here for so long and they have contributed so much to our nation as a whole. Such a proposal will have to be discussed of course and we’ll go from there,” Kamikamica said.
In welcoming everyone to the celebrations, President of the Chinese Association of Fiji, Jenny Seeto said it would be significant if the community was granted a public holiday by Government.
“It would mean a lot to us if we were to have a public holiday to commemorate our New Year.”
Yat Sen Secondary School hall turned into a sea of colors and celebrations as thousands of people turned up to welcome the Year of the Dragon with a contingent coming from the Western Division.
Students of the school displayed an array of dances and song and engaged in friendly games with the crowd.
In Chinese culture, the Dragon holds a significant place as an auspicious and extraordinary creature, unparalleled in talent and excellence. It symbolises power, nobility, honor, luck, and success.