Lunar New Year, unbreakable cultural bond for Chinese

[Source]    Confucius Institute in Edmonton [Time]    2014-02-28 13:02:30 
 

On January 18, decorated with Chinese lanterns and reechoing with the sound of gongs and drums, West Edmonton Mall, one of the largest shopping malls in North America, was enveloped in a festive atmosphere. Sponsored by the Canadian Edmonton Chinatown Multi-cultural Center, the Lunar New Year Extravaganza opened at the mall. Chinese Consul General at Calgary Wang Xinping, the mayor, senior councilors and other main officials of Edmonton, Alberta, and several heads of local Chinese communities attended and addressed the opening ceremony, sending festive greetings and good wishes to the Chinese and lauding the Lunar New Year Extravaganza for its contribution to promoting the diversity of local culture.


Teachers from the Confucius Institute in Edmonton introducing Chinese culture to the locals at the Lunar New Year Extravaganza

Various shows were performed at the extravaganza, including dragon dance, lion dance, Chinese Martial Arts, traditional Chinese folk dance and music, face-changing in Sichuan Opera and so forth. The dance team from the Confucius Classroom at Meyonohk School affiliated to the Institute and the Yangqin (a type of traditional Chinese musical instruments) Team from the Confucius Institute in Edmonton jointly performed on stage, winning a round of applause.


Children from the Confucius Classroom at Meyonohk School performing as lion dancers at the Lunar New Year Extravaganza

A promoter and popularizer of Chinese culture, the Confucius Institute in Edmonton also attended the Lunar New Year Extravaganza and turned it into a true China Day. Clad in traditional Chinese costumes, all the teachers showcased the chrisma of Chinese culture and amazed the audience via the hand-crafted artworks created on site at the extravaganza -- lovely dough figurines, bright-colored Chinese knots and paper cuts with different designs attracted both children and adults. Many local citizens came to the extravaganza to watch the shows and experience in person, thus to have a taste of the time-honored and profound traditional Chinese culture.

Along with other teachers, the director of the Confucius Institute skillfully made assorted dough figurines and elaborated on the cultural connotation of different looks. They also patiently taught the children how to make dough figurines step by step, and the children learned merrily.

The good reputation of the Confucius Institute in Edmonton brought a number of local citizens here to inquire about more information on the institute. Director Wu Sijun introduced in detail the curriculum and cultural activities of the Confucius Institute alternately in fluent Chinese and English, ensuring that every inquirer left with satisfaction.

With the Lunar New Year Extravaganza’s consecutive success, not only has the cultural platform of the Confucius Institute in Edmonton become broader, but traditional Chinese folk culture has also taken root in Edmonton. In the future, the Confucius Institute in Edmonton will better serve as a bridge and bond between Chinese and Canadian cultures.