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Second Seychelles-China Day – Good turnout for Chinese bazaar

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Through culture we showcase what we are, showcase the blend of people that makes the Seychellois people unique as we are known as a diverse group, a melting pot of cultures.

Tourism and Culture Minister Alain St Ange said this on Saturday morning during the Chinese bazaar at the National Cultural Centre. The event started with lion dance by a group of Seychellois teenagers.

The bazaar was part of the activities organised for the second Seychelles-China Day which opened on Friday night at the Eden Bleu Hotel in the presence of President James Michel.

“Our Chinese forefathers are part and parcel of the Creole people and make Seychelles what it is. We should not cut ties but rather cherish the link which makes Seychelles stronger.  Direct link reinforces the drive to appreciate cultures of the world,” said Minister St Ange.

He added that the Pagoda which is being rebuilt on Benezet Street will showcase the spirit of China which is embodied in the centre of town.

“It is an edifice and part of our heritage, and hopefully with its completion by next year we’ll be able to celebrate the Chinese New Year there next year,” noted Mr St Ange.

Designated Minister Vincent Meriton, Minister St Ange, culture principal secretary Benjamine Rose, Mr Kim-Koon then unveiled a Suzuki car which will be the star prize of a lottery which will be on sale soon to help raise funds for the rebuilding of the Pagoda.

Those who were present also got a preview of the show which was held yesterday afternoon at the International Conference Centre. There were performances by the Chengdu Performing Arts Troupe, opera song by a male artist and tea dance. A group of Seychellois-Chinese children also gave a performance.

This was followed by the bazaar where members of the public could buy Chinese souvenirs such as Chinese figures on stick, caramelised sugar artwork on a stick, Chinese sweets, postcards, clothes. There were also on sale traditional Chinese food.
The accompanying photos show the ambience at the bazaar.

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