On 28 January 2017, the Academy hosted its Chinese New Year Gratitude Banquet at Wrest Point’s Tasman Room. Held on the first day of the Ding You Year (literal interpretation as the ‘Fire Rooster’), it was attended by over 250 people, with the guest list representative of people from all walks of life - from politicians to community volunteers, from local to international visitors, and from young to old. The Year of Rooster promises a period of light and hope, symbolises an auspicious year with great faith, and compels people to strive forward. As Master Wang said during his welcoming speech: in this ever-changing era, what remains unchanged is our dream, our harmonious spiritual values, our spiritual life view and our spiritual cosmic view. This message embodying aspiration echoed strongly in the conversations and mingling of friends as new friendships were established, and old friendships rejuvenated. We thank each and everyone who attended, your presence contributed to the success of the night.
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