Confucius Institute at Free International University of Moldova Hosts a Chinese New Year Lantern Festival Gala

[Source]    Confucius Institute at Free International University of Moldova [Time]    2012-03-05 10:27:26 

Chisinau, February 7th, 2012 - The Confucius Institute at Free International University from Moldova (ULIM) organized the celebration for “Chinese New Year Lantern Festival” at the Cupidon Hall in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova. Nearly 200 people attended the celebration, including the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People's Republic of China to the Republic of Moldova, Mr. Tong Mingtao and his wife, the Minister of Education of the Republic of Moldova, the General Director of the General Directorate of Education, Youth and Sport from Chisinau, the Rector of the Free International University from Moldova, Moldovan friends, teachers and students of the Confucius Institute, as well as overseas Chinese students.

At the beginning of the celebration, the Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute sent her best wishes to all the guests in this lunar New Year. She mentioned that the establishment of Confucius Institute at ULIM was strongly supported by the Chinese Embassy in Moldova, and she wished to express her sincere thanks to the embassy and every Moldovan friend. The Chinese Ambassador to Moldova, Mr. Tong Mingtao, expressed his hope and intention to strengthen the bilateral ties, mutual understanding and friendship between the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Moldova. He said that due to the joint efforts of the Northwest Normal University and the Free International University of Moldova, all the projects of Confucius Institute developed well and became successful. The Ambassador expressed his strong desire to continue to make joint efforts with the Republic of Moldova to enhance the friendship between the two countries and to promote cooperation, especially in the field of culture and education. The Rector of ULIM, Mr. Andrei Galben, mentioned that even if they encountered a lot of difficulties and resistance when the Confucius Institute was established at ULIM, due to the joint efforts of the Chinese Embassy in Moldova, Northwest Normal University and Free International University of Moldova, together with the support of teachers and students, the Confucius Institute at ULIM became the base of Chinese language education in Moldova. He stated that he would offer further support for all events of the Institute.

The concert was kicked off by the traditional Chinese dance “Fan Dance”. It looked as if the fans in the hands of the artists were alive, and the graceful dance fascinated the audience. Chinese Kung fu raised the atmosphere of the event to a fever pitch. Dueling with swords and sticks made the audience burst into rounds of applause. The other presentations that impressed the audience were Chinese calligraphy, a tea ceremony, Chinese songs, poems, and the Chinese traditional New Year drama “The Story of Nian”.

After the concert, the guests enjoyed Chinese cuisine and wandered through the exhibition of pictures of the activities of the Confucius Institute at ULIM. The festival was an excellent opportunity to experience Chinese lunar New Year culture for the Moldovan citizens, who enjoyed the Chinese style performance.