Crowds gathered in Lagos, Nigeria for an early celebration of the Lunar New Year, also known as the Chinese New Year. The event was hosted by the Chinese Consulate General in Lagos and aimed to promote cultural exchange. The Chinese Consulate General believes that the Spring Festival belongs to the whole world, and it is glad that people from all over the world, including Nigeria, can celebrate the new year with Chinese people. A Nigerian architect attending the festival expressed admiration for the Chinese culture and believes that Nigerians can learn from their celebration of culture. The Chinese New Year festivities in China will begin next Saturday.