Confucius Institute at Webster University in the U.S. successfully held the Chinese New Year Celebration

[Source]    Confucius Institute at Webster University [Time]    2013-02-18 10:52:01 

February 12th of local time, the Confucius Institute at Webster University held a special celebration on the Chinese New Year of Snake. Nearly one hundred people from the Confucius Institute, Webster University, high schools and local community attended the celebration.

At that morning, the teachers of CIWU and International Education Center decorated the auditorium with the help of Chinese students at Webster University. Those red lanterns, Spring Festival couplets and Chinese knots give people strong feelings of Chinese New Year.

About half past twelve, the Celebration started in a joyful music. Volunteers at CI firstly made a presentation on the New Year customs in the North and South part of China through a short video and personal experiences. The introduction helped audience to have a more profound understanding of the Chinese New Year. The next is “Tai Chi” performed by the deputy dean of CI, the slow, soft and continuously flowing movements also reflects the Taoist philosophy that “Win with Kindness”. “Tai Chi” won a highly approval by the audience, and many students showed their great interest in the Chinese kung fu and Chinese culture.

The deputy dean of Confucius Institute was doing “Tai Chi”

Students were attracted by Chinese culture

The following singings and Chinese kung fu led the celebration into a climax. The Chinese songs sang in Cantonese by Chinese students gave the audience a more profound view of Chinese language. Some children even ran to the stage dancing with the song, which made the performance more exciting. Then the Chinese kung fu performed by two foreign students surprised everyone, the audience broke into loud cheers.

Foreign students were doing Chinese “Kong Fu”

At the end, all the teachers and students sang the “Happy New Year” song, and the CI staff sang “Happy Chinese New Year”. After the performance part, there are some Chinese cultural experiencing tables with Chinese teachers be in charge of. There were paper-cutting, mahjong, calligraphy, and hackysack. All the students felt impressed by the charm of Chinese traditional art.

All the CI staff and foreign students wished the audience “Happy New Year”

This activity not only made foreign friends understand more about the Chinese New Year customs, made them more interested in Chinese culture, and also enhance the popularity of Confucius Institute at Webster University.

Author: Xuan Zhou  Photographer: Qian Guo