（中外新闻社 中外新闻网记者 胡树萌 班晓旭）2月15日，2022北京冬奥会开幕第11天，迎来了中国元宵佳节，当一轮圆月映照北京上空，在北京厦航嘉年华酒店国际多功能厅出席中外新闻社大使俱乐部晚宴的各国大使已在祝贺冬奥、欢度元宵。
On February 15th, the 11th day of the opening of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, it is also the Chinese Lantern Festival. When a full moon shines over Beijing, ambassadors from various countries attended the Home and Abroad News Press Ambassadors Club Dinner in the international hall of the Beijing Xiamen Airlines Carnival Hotel to celebrate the Beijing Winter Olympics and the Lantern Festival.
With the festival music and the Winter Olympics theme song "Together to the Future", all diplomats and guests joyfully gathered in this banquet. Firstly, they learned the calligraphy writing with the special Chinese character "Fu" (fortune). Since they have worked in China for a long time, they are very familiar with this Chinese word "Fu" and its deep meanings. His Excellency Dusan Bella, the Ambassador of Slovakia to China, has served in China for 5 years. He said that "Fu" can express people’s expectations for better life.
The character "Fu" written by each person has their own characteristics. They enjoyed writing to send their New Year's greetings to all Chinese people again. In their opinions, "Fu" is the coolest Chinese cultural symbol.
在学“包汤圆”环节，在酒店师傅的指导下，大使们对每个工序都一点不含糊，揉面团、包馅心、捏花纹。非洲大使夫人协会主席克里斯蒂安•阿德沃兰德夫人说： “这是我第一次学包汤圆! 我感觉到中国传统元宵节团团圆圆、和和美美的氛围。”
In the "Making sticky rice balls" session, with the guidance of the hotel chef, the ambassadors and guests learned how to make sticky rice balls in details, including kneading the dough, wrapping stuffing, and making the proper ball shape. Mrs. Christiane Adovelande, President of the Association of African Ambassadors' Wives, said: "This is the first time for me to learn to make sticky rice balls. I feel the reunion and harmony of this traditional Chinese Lantern Festival."
After a while, the ambassadors and guests made many sticky rice balls. Everyone put their finished rice balls on the plates, and the rice balls look like giant pearls. President Wei Yan told the guests about the origin of the Lantern Festival and various folk customs, so that they could have a deeper understanding about the special Chinese festival atmosphere and connotation. With joy, the ambassadors and their wives said "Look, I have made a lot of sticky rice balls!", "My sticky rice balls are the best looking!"… When they ate the sticky rice balls that they had made at the dinner, they laughed happily to each other.
With the strong atmosphere of Chinese culture, three ambassadors made personal speeches: the Honorary Chairman of Home and Abroad News Press Ambassadors Club and Ambassador of Slovakia to China, His Excellency Dusan Bella, said that I would like to thank Home and Abroad News Press and Madam Wei Yan for always making me feel like "home" in China, even thousands of miles away from my country. Today is the Chinese Lantern Festival, and we are enjoying fantastic banquet here. For me, it's more than happy, because Slovakia defeated Germany 4:0 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Winter Olympics Men's Ice Hockey at the Beijing National Gymnasium today. Slovakia has already won a gold medal, which we should be also celebrating for. Let’s raise the glasses and wish a better future for everyone!
His Excellency Simon Adovelande, Ambassador of Benin to China, said that today is the Lantern Festival. We have no home in Beijing, and we miss our families and relatives in Africa very much. However, we are very happy today because we feel like “being home” here. Thanks to the special arrangement by Home and Abroad News Press. Let’s celebrate with the bright full moon for this unforgettable moment.
Ambassador of Ghana to China, His Excellency Winfred Hammond who is a new member of Home and Abroad News Press Ambassadors Club. He expressed that I am very happy to be join tonight’s Chinese Lantern Festival dinner with such big family. During the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, China is connecting with the whole world through ice and snow sports. This successful event creates more confidence and strength into a world plagued by the pandemic. China's success is the world's success."
Mrs. Wei Yan said that Home and Abroad News Press is actively covering the Beijing Winter Olympics. Tonight, we are able to gather here happily to spend the Chinese Lantern Festival together as an important celebration. No matter how the world changes, human emotions and souls are always connected. We thank all people for the long-term support to Home and Abroad News Press. We look forward to making greater contributions to world peace and development in 2022, and we wish our friendship will last forever.
Mr. Zhang Fan, former deputy director of the Press and Publication Bureau of the Central Propaganda Department, and other officials attended the Lantern Festival dinner. A few days before the dinner, Home and Abroad News Press also organized another Ambassadors Dinner. The Ambassador of Armenia to China H.E. Mr. Sergey Manassarian, the embassy officer Ms. Anna and other guests attended the dinner. The host and guests made Chinese traditional dumplings to extend the cultural exchanges and friendship. Everyone was deeply immerged in the festival atmospheres.