Kerry marks Mid-Autumn holiday
Updated: 2015-09-26 03:14
By HEZI JIANG in New York(China Daily USA)
China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R) listens while US Secretary of State John Kerry talks before a bilateral meeting at the Putra World Trade Center August 5, 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. [Photo/Agencies]
Secretary of State John Kerry greeted people around the world who are celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival in a statement on Friday.
The Mid-Autumn Festival is a traditional holiday and family reunion celebrated by Chinese and people of other Asian countries, including Vietnam, South Korea, Japan and Singapore. It will be observed on Sunday, Sept 27 this year, which is the 15th day of the eighth Lunar month.
"On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I extend the warmest greetings to all those celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival," Kerry's statement read.
"Around the world, families and friends are gathering to celebrate the harvest, and give thanks for the blessings we have received during the year. As part of a family of nations, America is grateful for our strong and vibrant partnerships with the peoples of the Asia-Pacific region. These friendships multiply our blessings and enhance our mutual understanding.
"As people throughout Asia and across America celebrate this harvest season, let us all continue to come together and work together to increase global peace and prosperity."
Chinese President Xi Jinping is scheduled to speak at the Global Leaders' Meeting on General Equality and Women's Empowerment: A Commitment to Action at the United Nations on Mid-Autumn Festival Day.