Leaders around the world sent out their best wishes to the Chinese people upon the arrival of the Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival, which falls on Feb. 8 this year.
"I want to send my best wishes to everyone around the world celebrating Chinese New Year," said British Prime Minister David Cameron.
Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome offered his Lunar New Year greetings in Chinese.
"May you be happy and prosperous. I wish everybody happy Spring Festival," said Teshome.
"I wish you all the best in the Year of Monkey, living a happier life and having a better career," said Chairman of the Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) presidency Dragan Covic after attending an activity on Jan. 28 to celebrate the traditional Chinese holiday with those of local Chinese descent in Sarajevo.
Former Israeli President Shimon Peres on Wednesday released a song applauding the friendship between Chinese and Israeli peoples, and said that he wrote the song to extend his greetings to Chinese people.
"Happy New Year. Earlier happy New Year to the people of China, all of them," said Peres.
St. Petersburg City Governor Georgy Poltavchenko expresses his greetings: "Dear friends, I wish your family safe and sound, and all the best."
Indonesia Tourism Minister Arief Yahya also sent his greetings to Chinese people for the Chinese New Year.
"Happy Chinese New Year. May you be happy and prosperous. This is greeting from Wonderful Indonesia," said Yahya.
Microsoft Co-Founder Bill Gates has sent his greetings to the Chinese people earlier while attending the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland.
The Chinese New Year is the most important festival in China, marking the end of winter and the start of spring.
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