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Consul Genral Ma Zhanwu Attends Durga Puja Pandal Inauguration

Mr. Ma Zhanwu, Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Kolkata, attended the inauguration of the Durga Puja pandals of EC Block and BJ Block in Salt Lake City, Kolkata, India, consecutively, on 24 September 2017. He cut the ribbons, lit up the mangal deep (the traditional auspicious lamp), and offered flowers to Goddess Durga. Also present at the BJ Block function were Mr. Taghagata Roy, Governor of Tripura, and Mr. Sabyasachi Dutta, Mayor of Bidhannagar. Ms Tulsi Sinha Roy, Councilor of Ward 40 in Salt Lake City, was present at both inaugurations.

Addressing the crowds at the inaugural ceremonies, Mr. Ma said that he and his colleagues with the Chinese Consulate are very happy to share the festive joy of Durga Puja with the other members of the community in Salt Lake City. He suggested that the Chinese Consulate was happy to have contributed to building the pandals.

He also shared the news that the Chinese Lion Dance Group will give performance at BJ Park at 7:00 PM on September 27, at EC Park at 6:00 PM on September 28, and at CD Park at 7:00 PM on September 29 respectively so as to add a Chinese flavor of celebration to the festivity.

As a token of his appreciation of the Bengali festival, as the Consul General announced, the Chinese Consulate will again work with the Kolkata-based NGO IMPACT to sponsor a group of 10 winners in the best pandal competition for a one-week trip to China for exchanges. The contest will take place in the coming days and the criteria will be related to safety, environment protection, artistic achievement, creativity and so on. Dozens of judges will be invited to tour the participating pandals and score them accordingly. The winners will be awarded on 18 October 2017 and travel within the year to Beijing, Xi'an and Kunming, three beautiful yet quite different cities in China.

Mr. Ma also thanked the Puja committees and his neighbors for being always very inclusive and friendly, so much so that they will arrange for posters advocating Chinese tourism to be placed near the pandals. In particular, the pictures of himself and the Puja Committee members posing for the festival will be displayed in the BJ and CD parks.

Mr. Ma also added that he and his colleagues are looking forward to the pandal-hopping in the coming week.

Mr. Chen Ankai, Consular Attache, also attended the above functions.

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