Mauritius prepares for Chinese New Year

The Indian Ocean island of Mauritius is gearing up to celebrate Chinese New Year. It’s the only African country where the festival enjoys official status as a national public holiday. CGTN caught up with local youth as they prepare to perform in the capital city’s annual Spring Festival parade.

The parade will run Thursday evening from 5pm local time, featuring speeches from the country’s president, China’s ambassador to Mauritius, the mayor of Port Louis and leaders of the local Chinese diaspora community. The colorful procession will feature traditional ‘lion dancing’, festive floats and varied musical performances, reflecting the island’s diverse cultures.

CGTN Africa, of course, will be on the ground in Port Louis bringing our audiences live coverage of the festivities as they unfold. Together, we’ll discover the story of how these time-tested Chinese traditions found their way to such distant shores and came to be woven into the rich cultural fabric of Mauritian society today.

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