KUALA LUMPUR: It was an occasion to remember for participants of the Chinese Embassy Open Day here, where they had the chance to experience the cultural practices of the Chinese people.
From exploring the significance of Chinese knots to crafting Chinese sachets, trying on traditional costumes originating from the Han Dynasty and indulging in a delectable feast of mooncakes, the open day was organised to coincide with the Mid-Autumn Festival (which falls on Sept 29) and Chinese National Day (Oct 1).
Some 60 students from Sekolah Menengah Islam Hira’ Madrasah Tahfiz Al-Quran Al-Walid attended the event at the Chinese Embassy yesterday.
The Embassy’s Minister, Zheng Xuefang, noted the event’s significance, highlighting three important celebrations.
First, he said the Asian Games, commencing on Sept 23 in Hangzhou, China, were celebrated as a significant event for all Asians, including Malaysians and Chinese.
“Second, the Mid-Autumn Festival, characterised by family reunions and harmony with nature, was observed.
“Lastly, preparations are underway to commemorate China’s National Day on Oct 1,” he said.
Zheng also expressed the embassy’s commitment to fostering cultural exchanges among the youth.
“Malaysia and China’s relationship has seen positive developments, particularly with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s two visits to China this year.
“These visits have resulted in a consensus with Chinese President Xi Jinping to build a Malaysia-China community with a shared future, paving the way for developing China-Malaysia relations.
“I think the Malaysia-China future will have a bright future,” he said.
Zheng stressed that China and Malaysia are not just neighbours but also good friends, partners and brothers.
“Both nations have seen an increase in high-level exchanges, pragmatic cooperation and cultural exchanges.
“Next year marks the 50th anniversary of Malaysia-China diplomatic relations, signifying a promising future for this enduring friendship,” he added.