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Heavy NYPD Precense in New York City to Watch Over the More than 1 Million Revelers to Bring inthe New Year!
Sino-American Friendship Association, (SAFA), presented Confucianism and Shandong Culture at the opening of the Times Square New Year’s Eve Countdown Celebration 2014.
As millions watched the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball’s first ascent at 6 PM EST on December 31 at the Duffy Square Countdown Stage, Chinese and American Officials delivered special greetings while a “Confucius” shared some wisdom with the world.
This is the first time an aspect of Confucianism and Shandong Culture was part of the ball dropping celebration since it began in 1907, as the Shandong Province represents China this year.
Confucianism along with Kungfu, represent Chinese “Zhong” and “Yi,” revealed the fundamental elements of loyalty and righteousness while presenting the beauty and diversity of one of the city’s most populous ethnic group.
Complimentary red scarves, symbolizing the friendship between the US and China, were distributed to those in attendance while revelers were treated to a special treat of Chinese local music performed with a combination of Chinese and New York style.
Peter Zhang, President of the Sino-American Friendship Association said this countdown opening ceremony was truly eastern culture meeting New York tradition.
Shandong, with a population of almost 100 million along China’s East Coast, is one of the most beautiful and affluent provinces in the country. It has played a major role in Chinese history from early civilization to the spread of Taoism, Chinese Buddhism and Confucianism. Close to 5 million tourists from Shandong are expected to visit the US by 2018