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Int'l community, diplomats mark CNY

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Welcome to Taipei International Club hosted a spectacular annual Lunar New Year Luncheon at the Formosa Regent Hotel on Feb. 21 to celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Snake.

The club brought together many friends from Taiwan's diplomatic corps and the international community, some of whom took part in the performances and impressed attendees with their openness and talents throughout the grand celebration. Approximately 160 members and guests attended the festive function.

Club President Queeny Lin, wife of R.O.C. Foreign Minister David Lin, opened the ceremony with New Year greetings in which she expressed hope for world peace and good will in the year ahead. H.E. Jasmine Huggins, ambassador of St. Kitts and Nevis to the R.O.C., also graciously delivered greetings, wishing for a prosperous new year, particularly in health, love and the environment.

The highlight of the Lunar New Year Luncheon was when WTIC interest groups' members presented a series of performances including singing, dancing and a fashion show. They had practiced for weeks, bringing to the stage not only wonderful presentations but also high spirits.

Led by Ms. Doris Shih, the Spicy Ladies Troupe, a vocal quartet, started the program with beautifully balanced harmonies accompanied by a specially choreographed dance, full of youthful energy and sending a strong message for the approaching spring.

The Sewing group presented an invigorating fashion show, displaying qipaos they had made themselves. They were led in this endeavor by Master Tsai Mon Sha, who guided the members weekly, from design, through cutting and finally the creation of their own qipao. Ladies proudly displayed their work on stage. Among the gleaming ladies, Madame Rihanata Sawadogo, wife of the Burkina Faso Ambassador to the R.O.C., looked radiant in her beautiful qipao, which had a traditional look with a modern twist.

The last performance was from the Salsa group, which caught the audience's eyes with a dazzling Bollywood dance that fused traditional Indian folk dance with Western techniques and influence. Members danced energetically, accompanied by exhilarating rhythmic music and colorful costumes. Hedi Szekelyne, a professional dancer and wife of the Hungarian representative to the R.O.C., was one of the leading dancers.

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From left: Madame Jasmine Huggins, ambassador of St. Kitts and Nevis; Madame Queeny Lin, wife of R.O.C. Foreign Minster David Lin; Madame Rihanata Sawadogo, wife of Burkina Faso Ambassador Jacques Y. Sawadogo; and WTIC Executive Secretary Vivienne Shen, sing at the Welcome to Taipei International Club's Chinese New Year Luncheon.(Sawadogo.Courtesy of the Welcome to Taipei International Club)



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